2024 IIHF World Junior Championship

2024 World Juniors: Team USA Lineup, Starter For Gold-Medal Game Vs. Sweden

2024 World Juniors: Team USA Lineup, Starter For Gold-Medal Game Vs. Sweden

Here are Team USA's forward lines, defense pairings and starting goalie for the gold-medal game against Sweden.

Jan 5, 2024 by Chris Peters

Team USA has registered its final roster for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship with 20 skaters and three goaltenders. 

Team captain and Winnipeg Jets prospect Rutger McGroarty, who did not appear in either pre-tournament game as he continued recovery from an injury sustained about five weeks ago, was registered for a roster spot indicating he will be ready to play.

Team USA head coach David Carle now has his group and the Americans will be among the favorites to win it all with a bevy of returnees, first-round picks and future NHL regulars.

McGroarty being healthy and registered for the tournament is a huge boost for Team USA. He was named the captain for the Americans and has been one of the emotional leaders of the age group for the last few years.

Anaheim Ducks prospect Carey Terrance and Dallas Stars prospect Aram Minnetian will be the extra players who can only be activated in the event of injury or illness forces Team USA to replace one of the rostered players. They are able to practice and participate in team activities, but cannot play in games unless they are replacing an injured or ill player. Once a player. is replaced on the roster, that player cannot return to tournament play.

There are still a few things to be decided for the tournament, like who ultimately earns the starting job in net. It is expected that both Trey Augustine and Jacob Fowler will get starts over the course of the preliminary round.

NOTE: This is Team USA's lineup as of its gold-medal game against Sweden, Jan. 5.

USA Forward Lines

Rutger McGroarty (WPG) – Cutter Gauthier (PHI) – Oliver Moore (CHI)

Isaac Howard (TBL) – Frank Nazar (CHI) – Gavin Brindley (CBJ)

Gabe Perreault (NYR) – Will Smith (SJS) – Ryan Leonard (WSH)

Quinn Finley (NYI) – Danny Nelson (NYI) – Jimmy Snuggerud (STL)

Gavin Hayes (CHI)

USA Defense Pairings

Lane Hutson (MTL) – Ryan Chesley (WSH)

Drew Fortescue (NYR) – Seamus Casey (NJD)

Zeev Buium (2024) – Sam Rinzel (CHI)

Eric Pohlkamp (SJS)

USA Goaltending

Trey Augustine (DET)

Jacob Fowler (MTL)

Sam Hillebrandt


F-Carey Terrance (ANA), D-Aram Minnetian (DAL)

Team USA Schedule

  • Dec. 26: USA vs. Norway, 4-1 W
  • Dec. 28: Switzerland vs. USA, 11-3 W
  • Dec. 29: Czechia vs. USA,  4-3 SO W
  • Dec. 31: USA vs. Slovakia, W, 10-2 W
  • Jan. 2: USA vs. Latvia, 11 a.m. ET

World Juniors Stream, Television Info In 2023-2024

The World Juniors Championships will air on the NHL Network in the United States. Select games not involving the United States will be available to stream live on ESPN+.

World Juniors Hockey On TSN In Canada

In Canada, the event will be televised on TSN and streamed. The tournament will also be streamed on TSN's digital platforms.

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