As announced earlier by USA Hockey, Devils F Kyle Palmieri has been added to the United States roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He joins the team replacing the injured Ryan Callahan.
“Kyle brings an all-around game that we’re confident will fit nicely with the framework we’re looking to build,” said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA. “He’s coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team.”
Palmieri ended the 2015-16 season with career-best marks of 30 goals and 27 assists for a total of 57 points in his first full season with New Jersey.
He has won 3 medals as part of Team USA - the gold medal at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and bronze medals at both the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2008 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Earlier in his career, he spent 2007-08 and 2008-09 with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
This year’s World Cup of Hockey takes place from September 17 - October 1 in Toronto, Canada.
Are you excited to see Palmieri playing in the World Cup of Hockey? Do you think he’ll be able to fill in Callahan’s skates for Team USA?