The U.S. is still waiting to make one more cut before tomorrow’s World Junior opener, but it won’t be Nick Schmaltz.
The final move will be a defenseman, which means Schmaltz has officially made the USA team roster.
This marks the 11th time in 13 years that UND has had a rep at the World Juniors. UND did not have anyone last season or in 2008.
The last player to rep UND at the event was Rocco Grimaldi, who won gold in 2012-13.
I’ll have a full story in tomorrow’s paper about Schmaltz with comments from him on playing in the event as well as UND coach Dave Hakstol’s perspective on having guys at the World Juniors.
If you want to watch the preliminary games, they are all on NHL Network and NHL.com.
USA’s prelim games
Friday — 3 p.m. vs. Finland
Sunday — 7 p.m. vs. Germany
Monday — 3 p.m. vs. Slovakia
Wednesday — 3 p.m. vs. Canada