Defensemen Hope to Play in IIHF World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Yale defensemen, sophomore Phil Kemp and first-year Jack St. Ivany, have been named to the preliminary roster for the U.S. Team that will compete at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Western Canada.
There are 29 players on the current roster, including five who helped the 2018 team win a bronze medal. The final roster will be 23.
Kemp, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound former U.S. National Team Development Program player who is an Edmonton Oiler draft pick, was on last year's preliminary roster but did not make the final cut.
"Being picked for the preliminary roster last year, and being so close to making it, left a sour taste in my mouth," said Kemp, a Greenwich, Conn., native. "It motivated me a lot in the gym and on the ice, and I am excited to be back and give it another shot."
St. Ivany, drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers last summer, is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound Manhattan Beach, Calif., native who played for Sioux Falls (USHL) last year.
"I'm honored to get the opportunity to represent my country at the international level. I'm also very excited to represent Yale proudly alongside my teammate Phil Kemp," said St. Ivany.
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