USA Hockey has announced the first 15 players to be named to the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the IIHF World Championships next month in Belarus, and Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe is one of the players on the list.
McCabe is coming off a seven-game stint with the Sabres that saw him notch his first NHL point – an assist – and rack up 15 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 36 games with the University of Wisconsin this season, scoring 25 points while racking up 53 penalty minutes before the end of the season and then signing with the Sabres.
Of course, this isn’t McCabe’ first run-around with USA Hockey, although it will be his first World Championships appearance. He was captain of the gold-medal winning World Juniors team in 2013 and was also a member of the U-18 team in 2011. Four members of that 2013 gold-medal team were named to the Worlds team so far, including McCabe, Jones, Trouba and Vincent Trocheck.
There’s also college athletes including Connor Hellebuyck (G, UMass Lowell), Kevin hayer (Boston College), Peter Mueller (Kloten), as well as Tim Stapleton, who’s coming out of AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.
So far, McCabe is the only Sabres player to be named to a World Championships roster this year. There are rumors swirling that Tyler Ennis may be in for a spot on the Canadian team, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
The IIHF World Championships run from May 9 through the 25 in Minsk, Belarus. More roster announcements will be made as the dates get closer, and as teams begin to get eliminated from the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The U.S. opens the tournament against Belarus on May 9 at 1:45 p.m. EST and will play seven games over 12 days in the beginning of the tournament. After that, the top eight teams in pool play will advance to a single-elimination tournament that ends with the gold medal game on May 25.
Here’s the US schedule for the IIHF World Championships, as well as the dates & times for the medal round games. All times are in ET.
- Friday, May 9 — vs. Belarus — 1:45 p.m.
- Saturday, May 10 — vs. Switzerland — 1:45 p.m.
- Monday, May 12 — vs. Russia — 1:45 p.m.
- Thursday, May 15 — vs. Latvia — 11:45 a.m.
- Friday, May 16 — vs. Kazakhstan — 11:45 a.m.
- Sunday, May 18 — vs. Finland — 11:45 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 20 — vs. Germany — 5:45 a.m.
- Quarterfinals: Thursday, May 22
- Semifinals: Saturday, May 24
- Gold/Bronze medal games: Sunday, May 25