After Team USA’s 5-1 loss to Finland in the final exhibition game before the World Junior Championship, UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi posted on Twitter: “I was the worst player on the ice today. I did absolutely nothing and that is unacceptable. That CAN NOT and WILL NOT happen again.”
Even so, he will be on this year’s World Junior team as expected.
USA Hockey announced two cuts at 2 a.m. this morning — forward Stefan Matteau and defenseman Brady Skjei — and all that’s left is one more defensive cut (the U.S. is unsure yet if Connor Murphy will be able to go because of an injury situation).
Grimaldi has been playing right wing on the top line along with J.T. Miller and Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau.
Team USA’s first game is 8 a.m. Thursday against Germany.