Grimaldi on initial WJC roster

UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi is one of 27 players named to the initial U.S. World Junior Championship roster.

Grimaldi will participate in a training camp from Dec. 16-18 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. An additional camp will be held in Helsinki, Finland and the final roster will be named Dec. 23.

The World Juniors will be held in Ufa, Russia, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. That means if Grimaldi makes the final roster, which he is expected to, he will miss the Holy Cross series on Jan. 4-5.

Grimaldi was expected to be on the team a year ago but had to sit out because of a knee injury that sidelined him for basically the entire season.

The California native has 11 points in 14 college games.

UND freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, who also was considered for the team, did not make the initial roster.

One time UND recruits J.T. Miller and Stefan Matteau also are on the initial roster.

College players on initial roster

Jon Gillies, goalie, Providence
Shayne Gostisbehere, defenseman, Union
Matt Grzelcyk, defenseman, Boston University
Jake McCabe, defenseman, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, defenseman, Minnesota
Brady Skjei, defenseman, Minnesota
Cole Bardreau, forward, Cornell
Riley Barber, forward, Miami
John Gaudreau, forward, Boston College
Rocco Grimaldi, forward, North Dakota
Sean Kuraly, forward, Miami
Mario Lucia, forward, Notre Dame
Blake Pietila, forward, Michigan Tech
Jim Vesey, forward, Harvard

Read the full roster here.

11 thoughts on “Grimaldi on initial WJC roster

  1. I know Houghton is a long trip for the team. Do you expect Rocco to play both games that weekend or might he fly to New York on Saturday?

  2. I find it a little odd that Jordan Schmaltz didn’t make the team. He is a first round draft pick. Am I reading to much into this or is there more than meets the eye?

  3. Forever Rocco will reign supreme. The Grimaldi cannot be stopped. At times, many have prayed with fasting for a talent to emerge from the rough and alas, we have Rocco. He stands as high as the lowest mountain, but his talent and charisma lay all beneath him in a grim, shadowy darkness. Rocco will reign supreme, and we will forever remember his name.

    • Your post/description of Mr. Grimaldi sounds a bit like a superhero from a comic book. I’d settle for a consistent, hard working (on both ends of the ice), goal scorer.

  4. It appears as if you have left Jacob Trouba from the list. He will probably be one of the best players out there. Seems to be a very talented blue line the U.S. will be sending out there.

  5. Interesting, J.T. Miller is already playing full time at the AHL level. It will be fun to watch Miller and Grimaldi play together again. Now will they bring home the GOLD again :)

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