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2010 IIHF World Championship: Team USA | May
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With everyone and their mother covering the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I thought I'd take IHB in a different direction. Friday May 7, marks the begging of IIHF World Championships in Germany. An event that should be a big deal to Islanders fans since Jack Hillen and Kyle Okposo will both be representing the United States. As well as having Scott Gordon lead the Charge for the American team, since he will be head coach of team USA. With all that being said, we'll look into the upcoming World Championships and the team that will be representing America.

Starting off with some trivial information about the World Championship, this years tournament will be held in Germany. The two main venues will be SAP Arena in the City of Mannheim, opened recently in 2005 and home to the Mannheim Adler of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), and LanXess Arena in Cologne, Europe's Largest and most modern arena, seating up to 20,000 fans. Along with the opening game of the tournament being held in Gelsenkirchen at The VELTINS-Arena, home of FC Shalke 04 and a stadium that seats 61,673 fans.

-The official Mascot for the tournament is "Urmel auf dem Eis." Urmel also was the mascot for the DEB, whatever that is, and the German national ice hockey team.

-The official Campaign is Germany on Ice.

-The official song is Stuck on Replay by Scooter. A very Euro dance beat and odd choice for a hockey tournament, however it does make you want to fist pump like you were a cast member of Jersey Shore and do crazy leg dances.

Tournament Grouping

Group A: Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan
Group B: Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, Italy
Group C: Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, France
Group D: Finland, United States, Germany, Denmark

Team USA opening round schedule

Friday, May 7 1 USA-Germany D 8:15 p.m. Gelsenkirchen
Monday, May 10 9 USA-Denmark D 4:15 p.m. Cologne
Wednesday, May 12 19 Finland-United States D 8:15 p.m. Cologne

Team USA Roster

GOALTENDERS

 

 

1 Ben Bishop 6-7 (201) 210 (95) 11/21/86 L Des Peres, Mo.

30 Scott Clemmensen 6-3 (191) 205 (93) 7/23/77 L Des Moines, Iowa

33 David Leggio 5-11 (180) 179 (81) 7/31/84 L Buffalo, N.Y.

DEFENSEMEN

41 Taylor Chorney 5-11 (180) 182 (83) 4/27/87 L Hastings, Minn.

97 Matt Gilroy 6-1 (185) 201 (91) 7/20/84 R North Bellmore, N.Y.

6 Andy Greene 5-11 (180) 190 (86) 10/30/82 L Trenton, Mich.

2 Matt Greene 6-3 (191) 237 (108) 5/13/83 R Grand Ledge, Mich.

38 Jack Hillen 5-11 (180) 200 (91) 1/24/86 L Hopkins, Minn.

3 Jack Johnson 6-0 (183) 218 (99) 1/13/87 L Ann Arbor, Mich.

39 Mike Lundin 6-2 (188) 197 (89) 9/24/84 L Apple Valley, Minn.

93 Keith Yandle 6-1 (185) 195 (88) 9/9/86 L Boston, Mass.

FORWARDS

22 Ryan Carter 6-2 (188) 200 (91) 8/3/83 L White Bear Lake, Minn.

17 Brandon Dubinsky 6-1 (185) 205 (93) 4/29/86 L Anchorage, Alaska

71 Nick Foligno 6-0 (183) 209 (95) 10/31/87 L Buffalo, N.Y.

18 T.J. Galiardi 6-2 (188) 190 (86) 4/22/88 L Denver, Colo.

20 Christian Hanson 6-3 (191) 202 (92) 3/10/86 R Pittsburgh, Pa.

13 Tim Kennedy 5-10 (178) 173 (78) 4/30/86 L Buffalo, N.Y.

19 Chris Kreider 6-2 (188) 205 (93) 4/30/91 L Boxford, Mass.

25 David Moss 6-3 (191) 200 (91) 12/28/81 R Livonia, Mich.

23 Eric Nystrom 6-1 (185) 193 (88) 2/14/83 L Syosset, N.Y.

21 Kyle Okposo 6-1 (185) 200 (91) 4/16/88 R St. Paul, Minn.

74 T.J. Oshie 5-11 (180) 194 (88) 12/23/86 R Warroad, Minn. St.

16 Ryan Potulny 6-0 (183) 190 (86) 9/5/84 L Grand Forks, N.D.