Former Tigers captain Mike Testwuide played for the U.S. on last year’s tour.
Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St. Cloud State star Andrew Gordon leads the Canadians.
The Canadians won the first game of the series, 9-6, Friday in Perth, Australia, in front of a huge crowd. Gordon had a hat trick to lead his team.
Cole is one of three Notre Dame alums on the U.S. team, including goaltender Steven Summerhays, who skated for the Fighting Irish this past season. All of the players have pro experience including a handful – like Cole and Gordon – who have played in the NHL.
Last month the first Australian-born player was taken in the NHL Draft: Nathan Walker by the Washington Capitals. Walker will join the American team on this tour once Capitals development camp concludes.
Friday — Canada 9, USA 6
Brisbane – Saturday July 19th, 2014, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Melbourne – Friday July 25th, 2014, Rod Laver Arena
Sydney – Saturday July 26th, 2014, Allphones Arena
Also, former Tiger Jaden Schwartzannounced via Twitter that he will be wear a No. 17 jersey next season in honor of his late sister Mandi, who wore No. 17 at Yale.