Last night we had Mark Carlson, the Head Coach of Team USA, on the program to talk about his club's approach to the 2008 WJAC that kicks off in Camrose on November 2nd. Today, the roster for Team USA was formally announced. (see here)
It's a decent team with some notable names from the 2008 draft and more so for the 2009 draft.
Russia's line up looks like this while the rosters for both Belarus and Germany can be found here courtesty of our friend Nate Fournier.
Here are Team Canada East and Team Canada West.
Dean and I had a healthy debate last night based around the comparison of the USHL vs the Tier I JR A leagues in Canada. We both agree that the USHL probably is a slightly higher calibre of league than any single Jr. A league in Canada but not to the standards of the CHL.
Dean feels that since this year's American entry in the WJAC is basically a USHL All-Star team, they should enter the tournament as the favorites to win gold. On the other hand, I believe that because Team Canada West is an All-Star team consisting of four Jr. A leagues (BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL) that they should still be the top seed.
I am on record now as predicting a Team Canada West vs Team USA final though.
You can hear last night's show by clicking here.
Hockey Canada has a page on thier main site dedicated to this event where you can hear all 4 of our WJAC Preview interviews as well. (see here)
Another place where you can go to find information on tickets and stuff around the Camrose event is here.