Kyle Palmieri becomes the first Notre Dame player to win a gold medal with the U.S. Junior National Team as the U.S. knocked of Canada, 6-5 in overtime, in the championship game on Tuesday.

Kyle Palmieri Selected To 2010 U.S. Junior National Team

Dec. 24, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Notre Dame freshman right wing Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) has been selected to the 22-man 2010 U.S. Junior National Team roster that will participate in the 2010 World Junior Championships, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2010.

Palmieri was selected from a preliminary roster of 29 that participated in a three-day pre-tournament training camp in Grand Forks, N.D., and played exhibition contests versus the University of North Dakota (Dec. 19) and the Czech Republic (in Regina, Sask., on Dec. 22). He is one of 11 Division I college players on the team and the lone representative from the CCHA. Wisconsin leads the way with three players while St. Cloud State, Boston University, Rensselaer, Boston College, Notre Dame, North Dakota and Minnesota all have one player on the squad.

A 2009 first round draft choice of the Anaheim Ducks, Palmieri has played in 19 games for Notre Dame and has five goals and a pair of assists for seven points. He has picked up 11 penalties for 22 minutes and his 46 shots on goal tie him for second on the team in that category.

A product of USA Hockey’s National Team Developmental Program, Palmieri will miss both of Notre Dame’s games at the Shillelagh Tournament on Jan. 2-3, 2010 while playing for the United States. That tournament will be played at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and features Colgate, Niagara and North Dakota.

The U.S. will begin play in the World Junior Championships on Dec. 26 in Saskatoon, Sask., opening the tournament versus Slovakia at 8:00 p.m. with the game televised on the NHL Network. Palmieri and Team USA will face Switzerland on Dec. 27, Latvia on Dec. 29 and Canada on Dec. 31 before moving to the medal rounds on Jan. 2.

A 5-11, 195-pound right wing, Palmieri becomes the 13th Notre Dame player selected to play in the World Junior Championships, joining current teammates Kyle Lawson (Sr., New Hudson, Mich.) in 2006-07, Ian Cole (Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and Teddy Ruth (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) in ’08-’09.

The Fighting Irish, currently on break for the Christmas Holidays, are 8-8-4 after their first 20 games this season and are 5-5-4-2 in the CCHA, good for 21 points in the league standings. Notre Dame faces Colgate on Jan. 2 in the opening round of the Shillelagh Tournament in a 6:05 p.m. (CT) game.

                     2010 U.S. JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Goaltenders (2)No. Name Ht. Wt. DOB R/L Hometown/Current Team
1 Jack Campbell 6-2 185 1/9/92 L Port Huron, Mich./USA Under-18 Team30 Mike Lee 6-1 195 10/5/90 L Rouseau, Minn./St. Cloud State (WCHA)
DEFENSEMEN (7)No. Name Ht. Wt. DOB R/L Hometown/Current Team11 John Carlson 6-3 210 1/10/90 R Colonia, N.J./Hershey Bears (AHL)4 Matt Donovan 6-0 190 5/9/90 L Edmond, Okla./Univ. of Denver (WCHA)24 Cam Fowler 6-2 198 12/5/91 L Farmington Hills, Mich./Windsor (OHL)28 Jake Gardiner 6-2 200 7/4/90 L Minnetonka, Minn./Wisconsin (WCHA)18 Brian Lashoff 6-3 204 7/16/90 L Albany, N.Y./Kingston (OHL)2 John Ramage 6-0 195 2/7/91 R St. Louis, Mo./Wisconsin (WCHA)5 David Warsofsky 5-9 170 5/30/90 L Marshfield, Mass./Boston Univ. (HEA)
FORWARDS (13)No. Name Ht. Wt. DOB R/L Hometown/Current Team17 Ryan Bourque 5-8 170 1/3/91 L Boxford, Mass./Quebec (QMJHL)29 Jerry D'Amigo 5-11 200 2/19/91 L Binghamton, N.Y./Rensselaer (ECAC)22 A.J. Jenks 6-2 205 6/27/90 L Wolverine Lake, Mich./Plymouth (OHL)10 Tyler Johnson ^ 5-8 171 7/29/90 R Spokane, Wash./Spokane (WHL)20 Chris Kreider 6-2 206 4/30/91 L Boxford, Mass./Boston College (HEA)8 Danny Kristo ^ 6-0 184 6/18/90 R Eden Prairie, Minn./North Dakota (WCHA)9 Philip McRae 6-3 198 3/15/90 L Chesterfield, Mo./London (OHL)26 Jeremy Morin 6-1 196 4/16/91 R Auburn, N.Y./Kitchener (OHL)23 Kyle Palmieri 5-11 196 2/1/21 R Montvale, N.J./Notre Dame (CCHA)19 Jordan Schroeder ^* 5-9 185 9/29/90 R Prior Lake, Minn./Minnesota (WCHA)21 Derek Stepan 6-1 183 6/18/90 R Hastings, Minn./Wisconsin (WCHA)14 Luke Walker 6-1 185 2/19/90 R Portland, Ore./Portland (WHL)16 Jason Zucker 5-10 180 1/16/92 L Las Vegas, Nev./USA Under-18 Team
^2009 U.S. Junior National Team Member * 2008 U.S. National Junior Team Member