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Three Gophers headed to Alberta on Team USA's final World Juniors roster

Brock Faber, Matthew Knies and Logan Cooley will skate for Team USA when the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship begins on Aug. 9, as that trio of Minnesota Gophers was named to the Americans' 25-man roster.

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USA Hockey U18 Team center Logan Cooley assisted on two of his team's three goals in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Gophers on Jan. 3, 2022, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis. Cooley announced his committment to play for the Gophers on Feb. 17, 2022.
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MINNEAPOLIS – While there is no shortage of places to find ice time in the summer, three Minnesota Gophers will get their August ice time with international medals on the line.

On Sunday USA Hockey announced its final 25-player roster for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship, which begins this week in Alberta. Current Gophers Brock Faber and Matthew Knies, along with incoming freshman Logan Cooley, were named to the team. The Americans open play versus Germany at 9 p.m. CT on Tuesday in Edmonton.

The roster announcement comes after the team had training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

“We had a great week of camp followed by a pair of good pre-tournament games to help us finalize our roster,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team, in a statement from USA Hockey. “We had some spots to fill from December and we filled them in well. These are hard decisions, but we believe these are the 25 best players to achieve our goal.”

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Matt Knies (67) of the U.S. shoots the puck against Slovakia goalkeeper Patrik Rybar (24) in a penalty shoot out in the men’s ice hockey quarterfinal Feb. 16, 2022, during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium.
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Faber, a junior defenseman from Maple Grove, Minn., was named the team captain last week . He and Knies, who will be a Gophers sophomore forward and is from Phoenix, represented their country last February at the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

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Cooley, who will be a freshman forward and is from Pittsburgh , was the third overall pick in the July NHL Draft, selected by the Arizona Coyotes. There is also a U of M flair on the Team USA coaching staff, with new Gophers assistant coach Steve Miller and former Gophers player Grant Potulny (the head coach at Northern Michigan) serving as assistants for head coach Nate Leaman.

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Team USA defender Brock Faber (14) goes after the puck in a Group A men's hockey game against Team Canada during the second period in the preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Feb 12, 2022, at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China.
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The August event is a re-start of the tournament, which is traditionally played in late December and early January. The 2022 tournament began eight months ago but was canceled after the Americans had played just one game (a win over Slovakia) due to COVID concerns. The 2023 World Juniors will be played per the normal schedule with a different roster, starting shortly after Christmas in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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