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Prior Lake's Alex Bump says it’s a 'dream come true' to play for Team USA at World Junior A Challenge

Omaha Lancers forward put on a show at The Tourney last March and now gets first taste of international play.

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Team USA's Alex Bump (19) celebrates with teammates following a goal Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 against Canada East in a pre-tournament game at the World Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, Ont. Bump finished with two assists.
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CORNWALL, Ontario — Alex Bump is familiar with more than a few of the guys on the Team USA World Junior A roster. He says playing alongside them for a chance to win a gold medal is a dream come true.

The Burnsville, Minnesota, native is playing in his first international tournament with Team USA. Remembered for his five-goal game while playing for Prior Lake last March in the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament, he’s had two successful seasons so far with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. He was named USA Today Hockey Player of the year and was selected in the fifth round of the NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Click on the video above as Kelly Hinseth checks in with Bump ahead of the World Juniors A Challenge.

Andover native Garrett Schifsky of the Waterloo Black Hawks had a pair of goals to lead the Americans to victory in their lone pre-tournament exhibition game.
Moorhead's Gavin Lindberg scored, but the Americans went 1-for-8 on the power play in the tournament-opening loss.
Rinzel, a Minnesota Gophers commit, says it'd be "unbelievable" to bring home the gold.
21 players from around the USHL will be taking part. The tournament takes place Dec. 11-18 in Cornwall, Ontario.

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