USA Hockey announced on Tuesday its coaching staff for the 2023 World Junior Championship. Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold will be the bench boss for the Americans as the team competes for the Gold on an international stage.
Assisting Pecknold with the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team will be Dartmouth head coach Reid Cashman and Western Michigan head coach Pat Ferschweiller. Tampa Bay Lightning scout Jared Waimon (New Milford, Conn.) will serve as the goaltending coach.
The U.S. National Junior Team will have a vastly different look in 2023 as only eight of the 25 players on the 2022 roster are eligible to return. Obviously, there will be some significant holes to fill, including top five picks in Michigan center Matt Beniers and North Dakota defenseman Jake Sanderson. Starting goaltender Drew Commesso of Boston University will also be too old to play again in 2023. There is also the significant possibility that Michigan defenseman Luke Hughes, an '03, will sign a NHL deal with the New Jersey Devils once the Wolverines’ season comes to an end.
Here's a look at what the roster might look like for the 2023 tournament.