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13 alumni named to U.S. World Junior team

December 22, 2010

John Ramage, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, won a Robertson Cup championship with the Bandits in 2008. PHOTO/NANCIE BATTAGLIA

Thirteen former North American Hockey League (NAHL) players were named to the U.S. National Junior Team, which will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y.

Among the NAHL graduates selected was defenseman John Ramage, who won a Robertson Cup championship with the St. Louis Bandits in 2007-08.

"There's a great combination of experience and talent on this roster," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team. "The fact that these decisions were so hard is a testament to where hockey has come in the United States."

The other alumni selected all played in the NAHL as members of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program: forwards Ryan Bourque, Chris Brown, Jerry D'Amigo, Emerson Etem, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Palmieri, Drew Shore and Jason Zucker; defensemen Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort and Jon Merrill; and goaltender Jack Campbell.

"I'm excited with this group of guys moving forward," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We've got good speed and talent across the board, which should help us in a tournament with so many skilled teams."

View the complete roster here.

Ten former NAHL players, including Ramage, helped lift the U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

For more information on the World Junior Championship, including the schedule, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com.

 
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