Slavin survives Team USA initial cuts; heads overseas

Published: December 18, 2013, 10:30 am, by Joe Paisley

Colorado College Hockey, 2013-14CC freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who recorded two assists in a 3-2 OT exhibition win over No. 20 Minnesota State Tuesday night, was not one of three players cut from the initial 29-man training camp roster for Team USA.

The Erie, Colo. native is headed to Sweden to play in exhibition games against Sweden on Dec. 20, which include a match-up against Tigers teammate Gustav Olofsson, and Finland on Dec. 22 in preparation for the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Slavin will try to make the final 23-man roster, which will be announced on Dec. 23. Here is the current 26-man roster.

All four NCHC players trying to make Team USA are headed overseas, including Miami sophomore Riley Barber, and Will Butcher and Quentin Shore of Denver.

Slavin assisted Shore’s opening goal on Tuesday and picked up the primary assist in Hudson Fasching’s game-winner.

“I think we learned some things with our team,” U.S. coach Don Lucia said. “We put some people in some positions maybe they haven’t been in a lot. I thought our goalies did a good job tonight. We didn’t give up any five-on-five goals. Obviously, Hudson Fasching made a great play on the game-winning goal.”