Ralston, NE — USA Hockey unveiled the U.S. Junior Select Team set to compete in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 10-16 in Truro, Nova Scotia. All 22 players selected currently play in the USHL. The team includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
12 different USHL teams are represented on the roster, including seven teams with multiple players: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (3), Chicago Steel (3), Dubuque Fighting Saints (3), Des Moines Buccaneers (2), Lincoln Stars (2), Omaha Lancers (2) and Sioux Falls Stampede (2).
Nick Perbix and Jack Randl will be representing the Omaha Lancers in the WJAC.
Nick Perbix, an Elk River, MN native, has played in 12 games this season for the Lancers and has four assists on the season. Perbix is also committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University and was also drafted in the 6th round 169th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jack Randl, a Carpentersville, IL native, has played in 12 games this season with the Lancers and has tallied seven total points (2 goals, 5 assists). Randl is also an alternate captain for the 2017-18 squad and is committed to play college hockey at the University of Michigan. Jack was also ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Report.
All 22 players are currently committed to NCAA Division I schools, including seven programs with multiple commits: St. Cloud State University (4), Yale University (3) Providence College (2), University of Minnesota (2) and the University of Notre Dame (2).
Eight players selected to the roster were named to Thursday's NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List in preparation for the 2018 NHL Draft: Jake Kucharski (Des Moines Buccaneers), Christian Krygier (Lincoln Stars), Jack Drury (Waterloo Black Hawks), Tyler Madden (Central Illinois Flying Aces), Blake McLaughlin (Chicago Steel), Paul Cotter (Lincoln Stars), Curtis Hall (Youngstown Phantoms) and Jack Randl (Omaha Lancers).
The 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team will be led by Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O'Handley. Assistant coaches include Tri-City Storm head coach Anthony Noreen, Sioux Falls Stampede assistant coach Nick Oliver and Green Bay Gamblers assistant coach Ryan Peterson.
The World Junior A Challenge is in its 12th year, and the United States is competing for the 11th time. The United States will once again be joined by Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia, and Switzerland. The United States has captured the World Junior A Challenge title six times, including winning the gold medal last winter in 2016.
Six NHL Draft first-round selections from the USHL have played in the WJAC for the U.S. Select Team all-time: Brock Boeser (Waterloo Black Hawks), John Carlson (Indiana Ice), Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms), John Moore (Chicago Steel), Jordan Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers) and Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers).
The Lancers return to the ice Friday, November, 17th to face the Cedar Rapids Roughriders at Ralston Arena. Tickets are still available by visiting the Ralston Arena box office or by visiting our website, www.lancers.com. The game will be broadcasted on both KOIL News Talk 1290 and Hockey TV.
Stay up to date with the Lancers by following the team on Twitter @OmahaLancres, “Liking” the Official Omaha Lancers Facebook page, and following the team on Instagram.