COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Laczynski, a freshman on the No. 9/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, was named to the final roster for the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, USA Hockey announced Saturday. A forward from Shorewood, Illinois, Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 22 points and is second in the NCAA in points per game among freshmen, ranking 10th nationally in points per game.
The final roster of 23 players was determined after a training camp, which included two exhibition games, Dec. 16-24 in Buffalo, N.Y. and Oshawa, Ontario.
The World Junior Championship will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto. Team USA, which is in a group with Canada, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia, opens play at 3:30 p.m. ET Monday vs. Latvia. All U.S. games will be televised by NHL Network.
Laczynski, through his first 15 collegiate games, has a 6-16-22 line, ranking second in the Big Ten in scoring. He is 10th nationally in points per game (1.47), seventh among NCAA skaters in assists per game (1.07) and second in the NCAA in rookie points per game. Laczynski has eight multiple point games this year, including in four of the last six games.
Buckeye junior Janik Moser represented Germany in the World Junior Championship in 2014 and ’15, serving as an alternate captain in his second appearance.
Five Buckeyes have skated for Team USA at the WJC since 2001 – RJ Umberger and David Steckel both played in 2001 and ’02, Ryan Kesler also was a two-time participant (2003, ’04), Tom Fritsche skated in 2006 and Joseph Palmer was on the team in 2008.
The Buckeyes, 9-2-4 on the year, return to action at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 when they host Miami at 4 p.m. in Value City Arena. The game opens a five-game homestand for Ohio State, as it will welcome No. 3-ranked Penn State Jan. 6-7 and Arizona State Jan. 13-14.