Utica, N.Y. - Vancouver Canucks and former Utica Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko has been chosen to play for Team USA in the 2019 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship from May 10-26 in Slovakia, USA Hockey announced, Thursday.
This will be Demko's first time representing the United States since he played in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Cchampionship. He won a silver medal with Team USA in the 2013 Men's Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.
The San Diego native appeared in 16 games with the Comets this year, going 8-6 with a 2.58 goals against average (GAA_ and a .911 save percentage.
After being called up to the Canucks on January 4, he appeared in nine games with the parent club, where he went 4-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA and a .913 Save percentage.
The United States will be captained by Chicago Blackhawks forward, and Buffalo native, Patrick Kane.
Below is the full preliminary United States roster:
• Jack Eichel, forward (Buffalo Sabres)
• Patrick Kane, forward (Captain - Chicago Blackhawks)
• Dylan Larkin, forward (Detroit Red Wings)
• James van Riemsdyk, forward (Philadelphia Flyers)
• Clayton Keller, forward (Arizona Coyotes)
• Alex DeBrincat, forward (Chicago Blackhawks)
• Chris Kreider, forward (New York Rangers)
• Frank Vatrano, forward (Florida Panthers)
• Luke Glendening, forward (Detroit Red Wings)
• Colin White, forward (Ottawa Senators)
• Quinn Hughes, defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
• Alec Martinez, defenseman (Los Angeles Kings)
• Ryan Suter, defenseman (Minnestota Wild)
• Brady Skjei, defenseman (New York Rangers)
• Cory Schneider, goaltender (New Jersey Devils)
• Thatcher Demko, goaltender (Vancouver Canucks)
• Cayden Primeau, goaltender (Montreal Canadiens)
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