2021 IIHF: United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team preview, live stream, statistics, roster, schedule and more

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The United States followed up a bronze medal in 2018 with a first-round playoff loss to Russia in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship. Now, the Americans enter the 2021 tournament with an overhauled roster that carries just one player from the 2019 team. Since 1960, the United States hasn’t finished better than bronze at the World Championship, despite boasting an NHL-heavy lineup. They won the gold that year.

Entering as the sixth team in the power rankings, expectations aren’t high for the Americans, though they should be a shoe for the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen, and maybe the United States can find some magic or a miracle.

Tournament Details

DatesFriday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021
LocationRiga, Latvia
VenueOlympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga
ChannelNHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Live StreamPremiumTV (Worldwide)

Preview

The United States fell to Finland in their World Championship opener 2-1. They followed that up with a 5-1 victory over Canada, giving their northern neighbor their worst start at the Worlds or Olympics ever at 2-0. The win keeps the Americans in a decent spot to contend for the playoffs yet in a Group B that is log-jammed in the middle with mediocre teams. If the United States can win a few games and separate from the pack, that’s great. It’s just as likely, however, that they end up needing a tie-breaker or two to work their way to the quarterfinals.

2021 United States IIHF World Championship Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
2Ryan SheaDefensemanTexas Stars
3Matt RoyDefensemanLos Angeles Kings
4Connor MackeyDefensemanCalgary Flames
5Adam ClendeningDefensemanCleveland Monsters
6Chris WidemanDefensemanTorpedo Nizhni Novgorod
8Matt TennysonDefensemanNew Jersey Devils
10Matty BeniersForwardUniversity of Michigan
11Brian BoyleForwardFlorida Panthers
12Trevor MooreForwardLos Angeles Kings
16Ryan DonatoForwardSan Jose Sharks
18Jack DruryForwardVaxjo Lakers
19Jason RobertsonForwardDallas Stars
21Kevin RooneyForwardNew York Rangers
24Sasha ChimelevskiForwardSan Jose Sharks
29Jake OettingerGoalkeeperDallas Stars
31Anthony StolarzGoalkeeperAnaheim Ducks
39Zac JonesDefensemanNew York Rangers
40Cal PetersenGoalkeeperLos Angeles Kings
43Colin BlackwellForwardNew York Rangers
50Eric RobinsonForwardColumbus Blue Jackets
55Matt HellicksonDefensemanBinghamton Devils
62Kevin LablancForwardSan Jose Sharks
72Tage ThompsonForwardBuffalo Sabres
83Conor GarlandForwardArizona Coyotes
86Christian WolaninDefensemanLos Angeles Kings
89Justin AbdelkaderForwardEV Zug

United States Prelims Schedule

The United States is competing in Group B and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group B games are played at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, May 22, 20219:15am ESTFinland
Sunday, May 23, 20211:15pm ESTCanada
Tuesday, May 25, 20219:15am ESTKazakhstan
Thursday, May 27, 20219:15am ESTLatvia
Saturday, May 29, 20219:15am ESTNorway
Monday, May 31, 20219:15am ESTGermany
Tuesday, June 1, 20219:15am ESTItaly

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