COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Domenic Moore (Woodhaven, Mich./Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL), a junior forward on the Adrian College American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1 squad, will represent his Bulldogs, institution and country in the 2019 Winter World University Games next month. USA Hockey announced the 22-player U.S. Men's National University Team roster that will compete March 1-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, playing at Crystal Ice Arena.
Team USA enters the 2019 competition after placing ninth in 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The U.S. Men's National University Team, which is composed of student that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), competes every two years in the Winter World University Games.
"This group has a lot of talent and character," said Roger Grillo (North Kingstown, R.I.), head coach of the 2019 U.S. Men's National University Team. "We're really excited to get over to Russia and represent the United States with pride at the Winter World University Games."
Third-year Bulldogs mentor and 2018 ACHA Division 1 Coach of the Year Gary Astalos, who has led Adrian to a 91-6 record, added: "Dom is a great kid who is hard working and always has a high compete level. I know the USA coaching staff is looking forward to having him in the lineup as his role can be very versatile. We could not be happier for him to represent himself and Adrian College."
The complete roster includes two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards from schools affiliated with the NCAA and ACHA.
Moore has helped lead the Bulldogs to a current No. 3 national ranking in the latest ACHA computer poll, 24-2 record overall and 10-0 mark in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League. He has scored 11 goals and 23 assists for a second-team-leading 34 points through 24 games. Last season, the business administration major led Adrian with four assists in Columbus, Ohio, during its ACHA Division 1 national championship run and finished with 19+26=45 scoring totals. The 2017-18 Bulldogs went 34-1 overall and swept the GLCHL regular-season and tournament crowns.
Players making their debuts for Team USA include seven players with NCAA Division I experience in goaltender Kristian Oldham (Anchorage, Alaska/Clarkson University), defenseman Ben Newhouse (Edina, Minn./Northern Michigan University) and forwards Gage Mackie (Anchorage, Alaska/Arizona State University), Jake Pappalardo (Salem, N.H./College of the Holy Cross), Ty Pelton-Byce (Madison, Wis./University of Wisconsin), Sam Rennaker (Grand Rapids, Mich./University of Maine), and Jack Rowe (Cary, Ind./Arizona State University).
Team USA opens the tournament in Krasnoyarsk against the Czech Republic on Friday, March 1, at 4 a.m. ET. The third-place game is Tuesday, March 12 (11 p.m. ET on March 11), and the championship on Tuesday, March 12, at 3 a.m.
The complete U.S. roster can be found at https://teamusa.usahockey.com/page/show/4771795-2019-wwug-roster
NOTES: Fourteen different states are represented on the roster, led by Illinois and Michigan, each with three representatives, while Alaska, California, Missouri and New Jersey each have two ... The 22 players represent 14 different schools. Lindenwood University leads the way with its six representatives on the team, while Arizona State University, Ohio University and University of Colorado each have two … Ashley Bevan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's senior director of adult hockey, is serving as team leader of the 2019 U.S. Men's National University Team … Grillo, a regional manager for USA Hockey's American Development Model, is serving as head coach of the 2019 U.S. Men's National University Team alongside assistant coaches Nick Fabbrini (Forest Park, Ill.) and Eric Ballard (Grand Rapids, Minn.). Fabbrini also served as an assistant coach at the 2017 tournament in Almaty, Kazakhstan … The United States is fielding a men's hockey team at the Winter World University Games for the 10th straight time … At the 2019 Winter World University Games, Team USA is competing in Group A alongside the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, Russia and Slovakia. All games will be played at Crystal Ice Arena … For complete coverage of the U.S. at the 2019 Winter World University Games, go to https://teamusa.usahockey.com/2019wwugmens.
(Editor's note: Portions of this release provided by USA Hockey.)