SAMMY WALKER NAMED TO 2023 U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FOR IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSMay 4, 2023
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the first 22 players who will comprise the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship, May 12-28, in Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia. Iowa Wild forward Sammy Walker has been named as one of the first 22 players selected to Team USA’s roster.
The roster is highlighted by two-time Stanley Cup champion Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has twice previously been part of bronze medal-winning U.S. Men's National Teams (2018, 2015), and Alex Tuch, who recorded 36 goals and 79 points for the Buffalo Sabres this season and helped the U.S to a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 Men's World Championship.
"The depth of our player pool is reflected with our team and we’re excited about the group we have to represent our country at the world championship," said Chris Clark, general manager of the 2023 U.S. Men's National Team and also the director of player personnel for the Columbus Blue Jackets. "We’ve got a great mix of experience and youth and most of our players have represented the U.S. before and know what it takes to be successful at a world championship.”
Team USA will train in Munich starting Saturday (May 6) and play a pre-tournament game there against Germany on May 9. The U.S. will open play in the IIHF Men’s World Championship against host Finland on May 12 in Tampere, Finland, at 4:20 p.m. local time/9:20 a.m. ET. All U.S. games in the tournament will air live on NHL Network.
The U.S. has finished in the top four of the IIHF Men’s World Championship in six of the last nine tournaments with four bronze medals to its credit during that span (2013, 2015, 2018, 2021).
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