A pair of 2019-20 OHL First Team All-Stars have been named to the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster.
USA Hockey unveiled its 29-man preliminary roster on Monday ahead of camp opening at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. on December 6. A total of 25 players will be selected to represent the United States at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alta. from December 25 to January 5.
Both returning members of the sixth place 2020 U.S. National Junior Team, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev and Peterborough Petes forward Nick Robertson were included on the announcement.
A 19-year-old from Staten Island, NY, Kaliyev registered 44 goals, 54 assists and 98 points over 57 games in his third OHL season. The 6-foot-2, 190Ib. right-winger is the leading scorer in Hamilton Bulldogs club history, racking up 248 points (126-122–248) over 192 regular season games. Kaliyev, who helped the Bulldogs win an OHL championship in 2018, was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2019 NHL Draft. He recorded six points (4-2–6) in five games for the Americans at least year’s World Juniors.
Hailing from Northville, Mich., 19-year-old Robertson led the OHL with 55 goals in 2019-20. The 5-foot-9, 164Ib. left-winger finished with 86 points (55-31–86) over 46 games before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs for the NHL Playoffs where he scored his first career NHL goal in four games played. Robertson, who was the CHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player, scored a goal in 14 consecutive games from January 9th to February 8th, 2020. The second round (53rd overall) pick of the Leafs in 2019 has amassed 174 points (97-77–174) over 162 career OHL regular season games. He recorded five points (2-3–5) for the United States in last year’s World Juniors.
Coached by Nate Leaman (Providence College), the Americans embark on the 2021 World Juniors seeking their fifth medal in six years. They kick-off their tournament schedule against Russia on December 25th.