USA Hockey Expands 2024 World Championship Roster with Nine New Additions

USA Hockey has expanded its World Championship roster to include nine additional players such as college standouts Will Smith, Ryan Leonard, and Trey Augustine, bringing the total to 21 skaters and two goaltenders, with Dylan Larkin removed due to injury, as the team prepares for the tournament in Czechia with high-profile players and aims for its first gold since 1960.

USA Hockey’s got some fresh faces hitting the ice for the World Championship. They’ve called up nine players, including college hotshots Will Smith, Ryan Leonard, and Trey Augustine. Now, the team’s roster is almost full, boasting 21 skaters and two goalies. Just one spot is left hanging. Who’ll grab it? No one’s saying yet.

Big news, though: Dylan Larkin’s out. An injury’s benched him, reports Helena St. James from the Detroit Free Press. So, he’s officially off the roster.

Rewind to April 24. That’s when USA Hockey dropped the names of the first 15 players for the World Championship. The buzz was real. With a shot at playing in the 2025 4 Nations Face-Off and the 2026 Winter Olympics, stars were lining up. We’re talking about big names like Cole Caufield from the Canadiens, Red Wings’ captain Dylan Larkin, Senators’ leader Brady Tkachuk, and the Blue Jackets’ duo Johnny Gaudreau and Zach Werenski.

Here’s the lineup so far: Forwards? We’ve got Matt Boldy (Wild), Cole Caufield (Canadiens), and a bunch more, including the college stars Ryan Leonard and Will Smith. Defense? Luke Hughes (Devils) leads a solid group. Goalies? Alex Lyon (Red Wings) and newcomer Trey Augustine are in net.

This year’s championship? It’s happening in Ostrava and Prague, Czechia. But, there’s some action in Bratislava, Slovakia, too. The U.S. team’s in Group B, playing in the Ostravar ArĂ©na, with room for over 10,000 fans.

At the wheel for Team USA is Panthers assistant GM Brett Peterson. But keep an eye out for Wild GM Bill Guerin. He’s taking over for the big tournaments in 2025 and 2026. The U.S. team’s snagged bronze four times in the last decade. But gold? That’s been elusive since the 1960 Winter Olympics in California. With Wild head coach John Hynes coaching, who knows? This could be their year.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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