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