Team USA World Juniors roster 2024: Lane Hutson, Cutter Gauthier to lead team for U20 IIHF tournament

The United States lost just one game at the 2023 World Juniors, but it was a crucial one, falling to Canada in the semifinals. The Americans had to settle for a bronze medal after defeating Sweden in the third-place game, but the country has its eyes on a better finish this time around. 

The 2024 World Juniors is right around the corner, as the annual IIHF U20 tournament is set to begin right after Christmas Day. Team USA enters this year’s competition as one of the favorites, looking to win gold for the first time since 2021. 

There are seven returners from USA’s bronze-medal winning squad last year, including Canadiens prospect and Hobey Baker finalist Lane Hutson, Flyers draft pick Cutter Gauthier and Blues prospect Jimmy Snuggerud. Gauthier and Snuggerud are two of 10 first-round NHL picks, which also include Will Smith (Sharks), Rutger McGroarty (Jets), Gabe Perreault (Rangers) and Ryan Leonard (Capitals). 

If you’re a Boston College, Minnesota or Michigan fan, those schools are well represented on USA’s squad. There are seven Eagles on the World Juniors team, including the dominant forward line of Smith, Perreault and Leonard. In addition, there are four Golden Gophers and four Wolverines representing the red, white and blue in Sweden. 

MORE: Watch the 2024 World Juniors with Fubo (free trial in U.S.)

Unfortunately for American fans, there will be no Logan Cooley at the tournament. While the Coyotes forward is eligible to return to the 2024 tournament, he will remain in the NHL with Arizona. 

Here is a look at the players that will represent Team USA for the 2024 World Juniors. 

Team USA 2024 World Juniors roster 

Forwards

Player Team (League) NHL Rights
Gavin Brindley* Michigan (NCAA) Blue Jackets
Quinn Finley Wisconsin (NCAA) Islanders
Cutter Gauthier* Boston College (NCAA) Flyers
Gavin Hayes Flint (OHL) Blackhawks
Isaac Howard Michigan State (NCAA) Lightning
Ryan Leonard Boston College (NCAA) Capitals
Rutger McGroarty* Michigan (NCAA) Jets
Oliver Moore Minnesota (NCAA) Blackhawks
Frank Nazar Michigan (NCAA) Blackhawks
Danny Nelson Notre Dame (NCAA) Islanders
Gabe Perreault Boston College (NCAA) Rangers
Will Smith Boston College (NCAA) Sharks
Jimmy Snuggerud* Minnesota (NCAA) Blues

Defense

Player Team (League) NHL Rights
Zeev Buium Denver (NCAA) 2024 NHL Draft
Seamus Casey* Michigan (NCAA) Devils
Ryan Chesley* Minnesota (NCAA) Capitals
Drew Fortescue Boston College (NCAA) Rangers
Lane Hutson* Boston University (NCAA) Canadiens
Aram Minnetian Boston College (NCAA) Stars
Eric Pohlkamp Bemidji State (NCAA) Sharks
Sam Rinzel Minnesota (NCAA) Blackhawks

Goalies

Player Team (League) NHL Rights
Trey Augustine Michigan State (NCAA) Red Wings
Jacob Fowler Boston College (NCAA) Canadiens
Sam Hillebrandt Barrie (OHL) 2024 Draft

* – returner from 2023 roster

When do the 2024 World Juniors start?

  • Start date: December 26, 2023
  • End date: January 5, 2024

The 2024 tournament kicks off the day after Christmas, Dec. 26. 

The group stage will take place over the first six days. The quarterfinals will be played on Jan. 2, the semifinals on Jan. 4 and the tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games on Jan. 5.  

How to watch 2024 World Juniors games on TV, live stream

  • ​TV channel (Canada): TSN
  • Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • Live stream (U.S.): Fubo

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2024 World Juniors.

Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN or can stream the games through TSN.ca or on the TSN app. 

The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream them through Fubo, which offers a free trial. 

Where are the 2024 World Juniors?

  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Venue: Scandinavium/Frolundaborg

This year’s World Juniors is being played outside North America for the first time since before COVID. Gothenburg, Sweden is the host site for the 2024 tournament. 

The games in Gothenburg will be split between Scandinavium and Frolundaborg, two arenas in the city. Group A will play at Scandanavium, while Group B will be at Frolundaborg. The quarterfinals will be split between the two sites before Scandinavium hosts the semifinals and medal matches. 

USA is a part of Group B that will be at Frolundaborg. In addition to the returning bronze medalists, Group B includes Switzerland, Slovakia, Czechia and Norway. 

Gothenburg was supposed to host the 2022 World Juniors, however, the IIHF moved the site to Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. instead due to COVID. This is the first time Gothenburg will host the U20 competition, and seventh time the tournament is being held in Sweden. 

Source : ESPN.com

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