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SCSU defenseman Jack Peart added to Team USA roster for world juniors

Freshman from Grand Rapids has been added to the preliminary roster for the US Junior National Team that will compete in the IIHF World Junior Championships

Jack Peart skating
St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart (23) sends the puck past North Dakota defenseman Brady Ferner (2) in the third period Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State's Jack Peart has been added to the preliminary roster for Team USA that will compete in the IIHF World Junior Championships on Sunday, Dec. 12. He is one of 30 players who began training camp with the team on Sunday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

Peart will be vying for a spot on the 25-man roster that will compete Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. He is one of 10 defensemen at the training camp.

If Peart makes Team USA, he would miss the Huskies' Dec. 31-Jan. 1 nonconference series against Bemidji State. The Huskies' next series would be Jan. 7-8 against Minnesota Duluth at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Peart participated in the USA Hockey World Junior Showcase in July.

Peart has two goals, 10 points, 10 blocked shots, is a plus-4 and has 18 penalty minutes in 12 games this season for the Huskies (10-6).


He was a second-round draft pick of the MInnesota Wild (54th overall) in the NHL Entry Draft in the summer and was named Mr. Hockey and the Reed Larson Award winner as the top defenseman in the state as a senior last season at Grand Rapids High School. He also played 33 games of junior hockey last season for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, helping the Force reach the Clark Cup Finals.

There have been 10 St. Cloud State players to represent Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championships, the last of which was Ryan Poehling in 2019.

Huskies on USA World Junior roster

1991 — defenseman Tony Burns

1996 — forward Matt Cullen

1996, 1997 — forward Mark Parrish

2003 — goalie Bobby Goepfert

2006 — defenseman Casey Borer

2010 — goalie Mike Lee


2012 — defenseman Kevin Gravel

2016 — defenseman Will Borgen

2017 — defenseman Jack Ahcan

2018, 2019 — forward Ryan Poehling

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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