COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore forward Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./USNTDP) will get another chance to represent his country at the World Junior Championships over the next month.
Barber, who is tied for the team lead with 10 goals and 24 points, was placed on the US Junior National Team’s preliminary roster, which was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday. The sophomore joins a preliminary roster of 26 for the team’s training camp, which runs Dec. 15-18 in Minneapolis, Minn., before moving on to Angelholm, Sweden.
The roster will eventually be trimmed to 23 players, fittingly on Dec. 23. From there, the team moves on to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. The tournament runs from Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.
Barber’s 24 points are tied for the third-highest total in the country while his 10 goals match the eighth-best figure nationally. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was one of Team USA’s top performers in the 2013 World Junior Championships, posting six points on three goals and three assists to help the Americans win a gold medal in Ufa, Russia.
Miami is idle through the entire World Junior Championships, save for a Dec. 31 exhibition against the USA Under-18 National Team, and Barber’s availability for the RedHawks will not be affected if he makes the team.