Prince chopped from U.S. world junior roster

The Ottawa 67’s won’t be as well represented as first thought at the upcoming world junior hockey championships, beginning Boxing Day in Alberta.

Prince chopped from U.S. world junior roster
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa 67’s won’t be as well represented as first thought at the upcoming world junior hockey championships, beginning Boxing Day in Alberta.

Ottawa left winger and Ottawa Senators draft pick Shane Prince was among five players released Thursday by USA Hockey as the final 23-man U.S. junior team was announced following training camp in Camrose.

Prince joins the plight of fellow 67’s forward Tyler Toffoli and defenceman Cody Ceci, who were released last week by the Canadian team.

Among those on the U.S. roster are seven returning players from the bronze medal-winning 2011 team, including goalie Jack Campbell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds); defencemen Derek Forbort (University of North Dakota) and Jon Merrill (University of Michigan) and forwards Nick Bjugstad (University of Minnesota), Charlie Coyle (Boston University), Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat Tigers) and Jason Zucker (University of Denver).

Both Campbell and Zucker were also members of the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. team.

“Every year this decision seems to get harder,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the U.S. team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey.

“The number of talented players from which we get to form a team says a lot about hockey’s growth in the United States as a whole.”

The release of Prince leaves only goaltender Petr Mrazek, who plays for the Czech Republic, and blueliner Michal Cajkovsky, with Slovakia, as the only two 67’s competing in the tournament.

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