3 Winnipeg Jets On Team USA At Worlds

WINNIPEG, MB. — On an NHL roster loaded with U.S.-born players, it’s only fitting that three of them would join Team USA for the 2017 World Championships.

The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with USA Hockey, have announced that goalie Connor Hellebuyck, forward Andrew Copp and defenseman Jacob Trouba have joined Team USA for the 2017 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship next month in Germany and France.

The Jets currently have nine American-born players on their NHL roster although it’s probably appropriate to call Tyler Myers, who was born in Houston, but played minor hockey in Calgary and played in the WHL for Kelowna; and Adam Lowry, who was born in St. Louis to NHL player Dave Lowry and his wife and grew up in Calgary, are both Canadians.

However, Hellebuyck, Copp and Trouba are definitely Americans – all from Michigan — and are “excited” to play for Team USA.

Hellebuyck, 23, from Commerce, Mich., appeared in 56 games with the Jets this season and recorded a career-high 26 wins. This is the third time in four years Hellebuyck will represent the USA at the World Championship. He recorded seven wins in eight games at last year’s World Championship to help Team USA capture a bronze medal. He did not appear in a game during the 2014 World Championship.

Copp, 22, from Ann Arbor, Mich., set career highs for goals, assists and points with the Jets this past season. He scored nine goals and dished out eight assists. This is his first appearance at the World Championship, but he represented USA during the 2012 World U-18 Championship, where he won a gold medal. He also played at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8). SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Trouba, 23, from Rochester, Mich., appeared in 60 games for the Jets this season after signing later in season due to a contract dispute. He set a career high in goals with eight. This is the third time Trouba has represented Team USA at the World Championship. During his last appearance in 2014, he recorded two goals and one assist in four games. In 2013, he played in seven games and scored one goal and dished out two assists on the way to winning a bronze medal. Trouba has won four international medals medal with Team USA. His first was at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he won a silver medal. He won gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 World U-18 and World Junior Championships and followed that up with another gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photos – Jeff Miller and James Carey Lauder, MyToba Sports

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