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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

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St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart (23) moves skates with the puck against against Western Michigan during the first period Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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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 .

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Jack Peart
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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).

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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.

A second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, the defenseman is finding his way during his freshman season with the Huskies. No. 5/6-ranked St. Cloud State plays North Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Huskies on USA World Junior roster

1991 — defenseman Tony Burns

1996 — forward Matt Cullen

1996, 1997 — forward Mark Parrish

2003 — goalie Bobby Goepfert

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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

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