SCSU's Jack Peart named to Team USA roster for IIHF World Junior Championships
The 19-year-old defenseman from Grand Rapids, Minn., will play for the Americans in the tournament, which begins Tuesday
EDMONTON, Alberta — St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart is one of 25 players named to Team USA's roster that compete in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Peart, a 19-year-old from Grand Rapids, Minn., is one of eight defenseman on the roster. All eight defensemen played college hockey last season: Sean Behrens (Denver), Brock Faber (Minnesota), Luke Hughes (Michigan), Wyatt Kaiser (Minnesota Duluth), Tyler Kleven (North Dakota), Ian Moore (Harvard) and Jacob Truscott (Michigan). You can see the whole Team USA roster here .
Peart is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds after being listed at 175 last season. As a freshman, Peart had 15 assists, 17 points, 24 penalty minutes, 22 blocked shots and was a plus-3 in 32 games. St. Cloud State finished 18-15-4 overall and reached the NCAA Division I tournament last season.
Peart was a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild (54th overall) in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
The World Junior Championships will be played Aug. 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta. Team USA plays Germany in its first preliminary round game at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 (NHL Network).
The other three preliminary round games for Team USA are against Switzerland (9 p.m. Aug. 11), Austria (1 p.m. Aug. 13) and Sweden (9 p.m. Aug. 14). The top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played on Aug. 17. The semifinals will be on Aug. 19 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.). The gold medal game (7 p.m.) and bronze medal game (4 p.m.) will be played on Aug. 20. All games will be televised on NHL Network.
Peart is also eligible to play for Team USA in the 2023 World Junior Championships, which will be played Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick.
Peart is the 11th player from St. Cloud State to make the US roster that participates in the World Junior Championship and first since Ryan Poehling in 2019. The 2022 World Junior Championships were originally scheduled to be played Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. But the event was postponed due to a number of COVID-19 cases among the participants.
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
2022 — defenseman Jack Peart