Added to U.S. Team
Former Cornell goaltender David McKee, who
signed this spring with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, has been
added to the U.S. National Team competing at the IIHF World
Championship in Riga, Latvia.
McKee joins Team USA as it prepares to face
the Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 16, in the final qualification-round
game for both teams.
Departs from North Dakota
Inside College Hockey has learned that North
Dakota forward Rastislav Spirko will not skate for the Fighting
Sioux next season. According to the school's sports information
office, Sioux coach Dave Hakstol asked that Spirko's name
be removed from next season's roster, although he did not
Spirko, who hails from Slovakia, scored 11
goals and added 21 assists as a sophomore last season. According
to teammates, Spirko generally kept to himself and had said
that playing so far from home was sometimes difficult.
Dan Benson, the school's sports information
director, said that Spirko returned from a trip to Slovakia
over the holiday break and announced that he had gotten
engaged there. Many expect that his departure from UND is
to pursue a pro career in Europe.
Spirko came to UND after a season in the USHL
and was second on the team in goals as a freshman with 16.
He was named WCHA Rookie of the Week twice that year, and
made the 2005 WCHA Final Five all-tournament team.
— Jess Myers
Added to World Championship Team
|Kessel makes his first appearance
on a U.S. Men's National Team.
Minnesota forward Phil Kessel will represent
the United States at the 2006 IIHF World Championship, USA
Hockey announced today.
Kessel joins former North Dakota forward Drew
Stafford as the two U.S. players who played college hockey
this season. They will be coached by Wisconsin's Mike Eaves,
Team USA's head coach.
All seven players added to the team today
have college hockey ties. In addition to Kessel, today's
announcement included defensemen Mike Komisarek (Michigan),
Freddy Meyer (Boston University) and Ryan Suter (Wisconsin)
and forwards Adam Hall (Michigan State), Yan Stastny (Notre
Dame) and R.J. Umberger (Ohio State).
Kessel, who famously chose to attend Minnesota
over Eaves' Wisconsin team, is representing USA Hockey on
a men's national team for the first time. He has played
in two World Junior Championships and two World Under-18
Previously announced former college players
include Stafford, plus: defensemen Andrew Alberts (Boston
College), Joe Corvo (Wsetern Michigan), Hal Gill (Providence)
and Brooks Orpik (Boston College) and forwards Mark Cullen
(Colorado College), Andy Hilbert (Michigan), Ryan Kesler
(Ohio State), Ryan Malone (St. Cloud State), Marty Reasoner
(Boston College) and Jim Slater (Michigan State).
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