UFA, Russia -- After a two-day delay, Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere can relax. He will be representing the United States in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Gostisbehere was named to the final Team USA roster Tuesday. Team USA begins play in the tournament on Thursday against Germany at 9 a.m. The tournament runs today through Jan. 5.
The final roster was supposed to be announced Sunday. However, there was a player with a medical issue that needed to be addressed. The player was never officially identified.
Gostisbehere played in Team USA’s two pre-tournament games in Helsinki, Finland. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Sweden. He didn’t figure in Team USA’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Finland on Saturday.
The U.S. roster includes Blake Pietila, Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones, Connor Murphy, Mike Rielly, Shayne Gostisbehere, Jake McCabe, Matt Grzelcyk, Pat Sieloff, Brady Skjei, Sean Kuraly, JT Miller, Mario Lucia, John Gaudreau, Alex Galchenyuk, Riley Barber, Nicolas Kerdiles, Cole Bardreau, Ryan Hartman, Tyler Biggs, Rocco Grimaldi, Vince Trochek, Jim Vesey and Stefan Matteau.
The U.S. plays Germany on Thursday and Russia on Friday. It then plays rival Canada on Sunday and Slovakia on Monday.