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8 Minnesotans to compete at 2022 World Junior A Challenge

21 players from around the USHL will be taking part. The tournament takes place Dec. 11-18 in Cornwall, Ontario.

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Sam Rinzel is one of the players from the USHL who has been named to the 2022 U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, Ontario in December.
Kirsten Krull / The Rink Live

CHICAGO — The USHL announced on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the 21 players from its league will be competing at this year's World Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, Ontario, in December. There are 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders that currently play in the USHL joining the team.

A dozen USHL teams are represented, with the Muskegon Lumberjacks leading the way with the most players as they're sending four.

“The United States Hockey League is thrilled to have such a strong presence on and off the ice at the World Junior A Challenge representing the United States in developmental partnership with USA Hockey come Dec. 11-18 in Cornwall, Ontario Canada with the announcement of the players selected today,” said USHL president and commissioner Bill Robertson. “Our USHL players, coaches and support staff will also have the ability to showcase their talents on the world stage against some of the strongest junior hockey talent in the world. We are excited to see this tournament unfold and watch all our USHL players perform at the highest levels.”

Five skaters who were selected at the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal will be competing in this years tournament, including Quinn Finley (Madison Captiols), Sam Rinzel (Waterloo Black Hawks), Garrett Brown (Sioux City Musketeers), Alex Bump (Omaha Lancers), and Jake Richard (Muskegon Lumberjacks). Other players selected who have experience playing in international games include Andrew Strathmann (Youngstown Phantoms), Tanner Adams (Tri-City Storm), Gavin McCarthy (Muskegon Lumberjacks), and Ryan St. Louis (Dubuque Fighting Saints).

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The pre-tournament will begin Dec. 9 as the United States will take on Canada at 6 p.m. CST. All games will be live-streamed, with the exception of the third place game and championship airing on TSN. You can view the full schedule here .

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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