OXFORD, Ohio – Trading in his ice skates for wheels, former Miami RedHawk Pat Cannone will represent the United States at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World InLine Championship, as he was one of 15 players named to the U.S. National Inline Team, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.

Cannone, who played ice hockey for the RedHawks from 2007-11, and the rest of the U.S. National Team begins play at the World Championships Sunday, June 2 against Slovenia. The tournament takes place in Dresden, Germany from June 2-8 at Network Energy Arena. The U.S. also faces rival Canada and Slovakia in its preliminary group, while the quarterfinals are June 6, the semifinals are June 7 and the bronze- and gold-medal games are June 8.

Cannone will not be the only Miami Hockey alum traveling with the U.S. to Germany however, as the National Team is coached by former Miami hockey player Joe Cook. Cook is serving as head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team for the fourth time, also doing so last year and in 1999 and 2000. Under Cook, the Stars and Stripes placed fifth last year and earned a bronze medal in 2000, while the championship was not held in 1999.

Cook played at Miami from 1990-93, earning three letters as a defenseman while totaling 94 points in 112 games. He was named First-Team All-CCHA in 1993 when he also garnered CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman. Following his time in Oxford, Cook played five years for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of the Roller Hockey International (RHI) league, while also playing some professional ice hockey.

A four-year letterwinner for the RedHawks, Cannone was a model of consistency at Miami as he never missed a game, playing in all 166 during his career, which ranks second in program history for games played. The skilled forward scored at least 30 points all four seasons and totaled 133 points during his career, including 45 goals, as he ranks 15th all-time at Miami in points. He was named a co-captain during his senior season, helping lead the program to its first Mason Cup crown for winning the CCHA Tournament. Cannone also guided Miami to its first two Frozen Fours while garnering Honorable Mention All-CCHA in his final year as a RedHawk.

For the last two years, Cannone has been playing for the Binghamton Senators, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Following his Miami career, he signed an entry-level contract with Ottawa and played in two games for Binghamton at the end of the 2010-11 season. He has since played two full seasons in Binghamton, suiting up in a combined 150 regular-season games and tallying 68 points, including 29 goals. This past season, he chipped in 25 points in 74 games while helping lead Binghamton to the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Of the 15 players on the 2013 U.S. National Inline Team, only eight return from last year, with Cannone being one of the new players. Cannone played inline hockey growing up in Bayport, N.Y. for the Mission Labeda Snipers on Long Island.  The complete Team USA roster can be seen here.

The U.S. has played in the gold-medal game at the World InLine Championship in three of the last four years, claiming gold in 2010 and silver in 2009 and 2011, which was the last time the U.S. medaled. Team USA has won a total of five gold medals at the tournament (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010), along with four silver medals and three bronze medals in the 16-year history of the InLine World Championship.

Cannone and the U.S. begin play against Slovenia at 8 a.m. ET/2 p.m. local time in Germany. The game against Canada is set for noon ET while the contest with Slovakia is also at 8 a.m. ET. For more on the U.S. National Inline Team, visit USAHockey.com.

--MURedHawks.com--