Three Jr. Blues alumni are set to represent Team USA in the World In-Line Championships next week. Shawn Gawrys, J.P. Beilsten, and Kyle Kraemer helped the United States win a gold medal last year as they hope to repeat this year. Beilsten plays for the Tour Mudcats (NARCh) and is the Jr. Blues Head Coach, Gawrys for the LA Pama Cyclones (NARCh), and Kraemer the Mission Snipers (NARCh) and Ontario Reign (ECHL).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today named 14 players to the U.S. Inline National Team that will compete at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 19-25.
Team USA will attempt to reclaim the gold medal that it won last year at the 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship in Karlstad, Sweden. The roster announcement comes following a two-day pre-tournament tryout camp in Lakewood, Colo.
“We had an excellent camp that should set us up for next week's tournament," said Rob Chornomud, head coach of Team USA. "As defending gold medalists, we have high expectations, and we are excited to get started.”
The roster is highlighted by 11 veterans of the U.S. Inline National Team, including C.J. Yoder (Hershey, Pa.), who will be representing the U.S. for the sixth time (2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010).
Ten members of the 2010 gold medal-winning U.S. Inline National Team are represented on the roster, including goaltenders Troy Redmann (Brea, Calif.) and Tommy Tartaglione (Harbor City, Calif.); defensemen J.P. Beilsten (St. Louis, Mo.), Anthony Miner (Glendora, Calif.), Gerald Osterkamp (Covina, Calif.), Rafael Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Yoder; and forwards Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.), Kyle Kraemer (St. Charles, Mo.) and Nathan Sigmund (San Diego, Calif.).
The three newcomers to Team USA include Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.), Joey Doran (Corona, Calif.) and Tyler Walser (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Team USA will begin tournament action Sunday (June 19) at 2 p.m. EDT against Slovakia. A full schedule is below.
NOTES: Rob Chornomud will serve as head coach for the 2010 U.S. InLine National Team for the third consecutive year, while former U.S. Inline National Team member Josh Milewski will be the assistant coach for the second straight year … In the 14-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010; silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2009; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.
Team USA 2011 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Schedule
June 19-June 25 • Pardubice, Czech Republic
|Sun., June 19||Slovakia||8 p.m./2 p.m.|
|Mon., June 20||Slovenia||8 p.m./2 p.m.|
|Tues., June 21||Canada||8 p.m./2 p.m.|
|Thurs., June 23||Quarterfinal Round||TBD|
|Fri., June 24||Semifinal Round||TBD|
|Sat., June 25||Medal Round||TBD|