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Three Kings prospects named to 2021 Team USA WJC roster

Turcotte and Kaliyev make their returns, while Faber makes his debut.

Alex Turcotte #19 takes part in a top prospects clinic prior to the NHL draft at Hillcrest Community Centre on June 20, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

As teams prepare to head into Edmonton, Alberta for the 2021 World Juniors Championship, final roster cuts are being made. On Saturday, USA Hockey announced their final 25-man roster, with three prospects from the Los Angeles Kings making the cut.

Forwards Alex Turcotte and Arthur Kaliyev are among the eight returning members of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team. Defender Brock Faber will be joining the team for his World Juniors debut.

Kaliyev was selected in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft out of the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and is one of just three players on the selection roster without any NCAA experience. In last year’s tournament, he provided four goals and two assists in five games.

Turcotte is another 2019 Draftee (fifth overall) and tallied two assists in last year’s Wolrd Juniors. He was on loan to the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), but due to multiple delays to the start of their season, will not play any regular season games with the team. Last season, he played for the University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey program, signing with the Kings in March after their season ended.

Faber is a product of the US National Team Development Program and a second-round pick by the Kings in 2020.

The state of California is also well-represented in this USA Hockey team. Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Dustin Wolf is from Gilroy, defenders Ryan Johnson and Cam York are from Irvine and Anaheim respectively and forward Brendan Brisson hails from Manhattan Beach.

The tournament will begin with a preliminary round on Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2020) through Dec. 31. Team USA will play its first preliminary matchup on Dec. 25 against Russia. The quarterfinals will be on Jan. 2, 2021, followed by the semifinals on Jan. 4. The Bronze and Gold Medal games will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The complete roster is listed below.

TEAM USA 2021

Forwards

Matthew Berniers (2021 NHL Draft)
Brett Berard (New York Rangers, 2020)
Matthew Boldy (Minnesota Wild, 2019)
Bobby Brink* (Philadelphia Flyers, 2019)
Brendan Brisson (Vegas Golden Knights, 2020)
Cole Caufield* (Montreal Canadiens, 2019)
Sam Colangelo (Anaheim Ducks, 2020)
John Farinacci (Arizona Coyotes, 2019)
Arthur Kaliyev* (Los Angeles Kings, 2019)
Patrick Moynihan (New Jersey Devils, 2019)
Landon Slaggert (Chicago Blackhawks, 2020)
Alex Turcotte* (Los Angeles Kings, 2019)
Trevor Zegras* (Anaheim Ducks, 2019)

Defenders

Brock Faber (Los Angeles Kings, 2020)
Drew Helleson (Colorado Avalanche, 2019)
Ryan Johnson (Buffalo Sabres, 2019)
Tyle Kleven (Ottawa Senators, 2020)
Jackson LaCombe (Anaheim Ducks, 2019)
Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators, 2020)
Hunter Skinner (New York Rangers, 2019)
Henry Thrun (Anaheim Ducks, 2019)
Cam York* (Philadelphia Flyers, 2019)

Goaltenders

Spencer Knight* (Florida Panthers, 2019)
Logan Stein (2021 NHL Draft)
Dustin Wolf* (Calgary Flames, 2019)

* — denotes returning player from 2020 WJC