|Joe Blackburn||G||Michigan State||26/01/79||5'10||179||Eligible 1999|
|Chris Madden||G||Guelph Storm||10/03/79||6'0||167||Carolina|
|Phillipe Sauve||G||L'Oceanic deRimouski||27/07/80||6'0||175||Colorado|
|Andrew Hutchinson||D||Michigan State||24/03/80||6'2||186||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Doug Janik||D||Maine||26/03/80||6'1||198||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Jeff Jillson||D||Michigan||24/07/80||6'3||219||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Jordan Leopold||D||Minnisota||03/08/80||6'1||193||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Paul Mara||D||Plymouth Whalers||07/09/79||6'3||190||Tampa Bay|
|Chris St. Croix||D||Kamloops Blazers||02/05/79||6'2||185||Calgary|
|Dave Tanabe||D||Wisconsin||18/07/80||6'1||190||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Nikos Tselios||D||Plymouth Whalers||20/01/79||6'3||187||Carolina|
|Dan Carlson||F||Notre Dame||06/04/79||5'9||189||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Kevin Colley||F||Oshawa Generals||04/01/79||5'10||173||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Tim Connolly||F||Erie Otters||07/05/81||6'0||185||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Matt Doman||F||Wisconsin||10/02/80||6'0||218||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Brian Gionta||F||Boston College||18/01/79||5'5||160||New Jersey|
|Scott Gomez||F||Tri-Cities Americans||23/12/79||5'10||180||New Jersey|
|Adam Hall||F||Michigan State||14/08/80||6'2||200||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Barrett Heinsten||F||Maine||19/03/80||6'0||185||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Andy Hilbert||F||National U-18 Team||06/02/81||5'11||191||Eligible 1999 draft|
|David Inman||F||Notre Dame||13/06/80||6'1||180||Eligible 1999 draft|
|David Legwand||F||Plymouth Whalers||17/08/80||6'2||175||Nashville|
|Justin Morrison||F||Colorado College||10/08/79||6'3||200||Vancouver|
|Ryan Murphy||F||Bowling Green||21/03/79||6'1||192||Eligible 1999 draft|
|Mike Pandolfo||F||Boston University||15/09/79||6'3||226||Buffalo|
|Mike Vigilante||F||Lake Superior||19/08/79||5'10||192||Eligible 1999 draft|
Head Coach: Jeff Jackson
Two years ago, at the 1997 World Junior Hockey Championship in Geneva, Switzerland, Team USA had its
best-ever result--a silver medal.
They weren't satisfied. Team USA head coach Jeff Jackson thought his team had outplayed Canada in the gold-medal final, only to be denied by goaltender Marc Denis.
The Americans enter the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship loaded with high-end talent. The biggest talent could be centre David Legwand, the second pick overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, who started the 1998-99 season with the expansion Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. As a rookie in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers last season, Legwand was named the OHL's Most Valuable Player. He became the second American-born player (the first was Pat Peake in 1993) to win that award and was the first rookie to earn that honor since Jack Valiquette was MVP in 1973-74.
Legwand played for Team USA at the 1998 World Junior Hockey Championship as a 17-year-old and probably would be a major force if he were to participate this year.
Another skilled centre for Team USA is Scott Gomez, who was named to the Western Hockey League's All-Rookie Team for 1997-98, and also played for Team USA at the 1998 World Junior Championship.
Anchoring a strong defence will be Paul Mara, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound presence who handles the puck with flair, is a strong skater and has an excellent shot from the point. Mara is known for his exceptional conditioning and, like most wheelhorse defenceman, he logs oodles of ice time.
Another headliner on defence for Team USA is Nikos Tselios, a cousin of NHL All-Star defenceman Chris Chelios. Unlike his feisty cousin, Tselios relies more on finesse than on brute force. He is an effective point man on the power play, with a good shot and superb hockey instincts.
Team USA figures to be a contender at the 1999 World Hockey Championship.