Dec. 26, 2013
The Boston University men's ice hockey team will have two representatives at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, as sophomores Matt Grzelcyk and Danny O'Regan both made the United States squad, which opens competition Thursday (Dec. 26) against the Czech Republic in Malmo, Sweden.
Grzelyck was named an alternate captain for Team USA, which has medaled in three of the last four World Junior tournaments, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
This is the first World Junior appearance for both BU standouts. Grzelcyk, a defenseman, was the final player cut from last year's gold-medal squad. O'Regan is expected to center the top forward line.
The duo joins a list of 46 other Terriers who have skated for the United States at World Juniors. Four other BU players have participated in the tournament with other countries.
Thirteen Terriers have won medals at the tournament. Two have captured goal medals, as recently retired Adrian Aucoin won with Canada in 1993 and recent NHL call-up David Warsofsky was a member of the U.S goal-medal squad in 2010.
O'Regan, who led BU in scoring as a rookie last season, has 11 points this season on five goals and six assists. Grzelcyk has added eight points (2g, 6a) and a team-high 56 shots.