Thatcher Demko to represent United States at 2019 IIHF World Championship

Former Comets goalie Thatcher Demko will suit up with Team USA in the 2019 IIHF World Championship from May 10-26 in Slovakia.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 12:37 AM

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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