COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey has announced the first 20 members of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 30 – May 15 in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.
Nearly half of the roster is composed of players with ties to the state of Michigan.
Olympians Mike Modano (Livonia/Dallas Stars), Doug Weight (Warren/Lake Superior State/St. Louis Blues), and Mike York (Waterford/Michigan State/Edmonton Oilers) will lead the squad up front. Also providing scoring punch will be Adam Hall (Kalamazoo/Michigan State/Nashville Predators), Mike Knuble (Grand Rapids/Michigan/Philadelphia Flyers), and David Legwand (Detroit/Plymouth Whalers/Nashville Predators).
Two former CCHA standouts will also be on the blueline with John Michael-Liles (Michigan State/Colorado Avalanche) and Andy Roach (Mattawan/Ferris State/St. Louis Blues).
Flint native Tim Thomas will also see time in net along with Ty Conklin and Rick DiPietro.
The USA squad also has a Michigan connection in the front office with general manager Don Waddell, a former Northern Michigan goalie in the 1970's. He then moved on to an eight-year playing career that included stints in the IHL with the Saginaw Gears and Flint Generals. After he hung up the skates, Waddell honed his skills as a head coach and GM for the Generals before moving up to the assistant GM role with the Detroit Red Wings and his current role as GM for the Atlanta Thrashers.
The United States begins play in the 16-nation 2005 IIHF World Championship on May 1 in Innsbruck against Slovenia.