Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has been named Team USA’s captain for the World Junior Championship. Matt Grzelcyk and Andrew Copp have been named the alternates.

Barber, a sophomore at the U20 stage, had three goals and three assists to help lead the Americans to the gold medal. He was also a member of the Under-18 World Championships that won the gold back in 2011-2012. Barber, who was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round (167th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, currently has 28 points in 18 NCAA contests with Miami University.

Team USA announced two of the final three cuts on Sunday as well, releasing forward Henrik Samuelsson and defenseman Brett Pesce. Samuelsson getting left off the final roster comes as a bit of surprise, as the scoring centreman came in as a potential favorite to make the team. Pesce, on the other hand, wasn’t expected to be part of the core of group of defenseman, and after sitting out today’s game against Finland, it was clear he wasn’t going to be named to the final roster. The team still needs to make one more cut before the official roster is submitted on Christmas Day.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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