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Pair of NCHC Alumni Selected to 2021 U.S. Men's National Team

By NCHC, 05/13/21, 5:30PM EDT

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Four NCHC alumni overall set to compete at IIHF Men's World Championship; Five NCHC teams represented on Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A pair of National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) alumni will represent the United States at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men’s World Championship, as former Denver forward Trevor Moore and former North Dakota defenseman Christian Wolanin were both named to the 2021 U.S. Men’s National Team on Thursday. In addition, three other NCHC teams have alumni on Team USA in former Western Michigan defenseman Matt Tennyson, former Miami blue liner Chris Wideman and former Omaha goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

All five will suit up for the Stars and Stripes from May 21-June 6 and compete for a gold medal at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia. The U.S. Men's National Team will compete in Group B alongside Canada, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Italy and Kazakhstan and play at Arena Riga.

Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was the 2014-15 NCHC Forward of the Year and a First-Team All-NCHC selection that season. He played three seasons at Denver from 2013-16, the first three seasons of the NCHC, totaling 120 points (47g, 73a) in 121 games for the Pioneers, while garnering Honorable Mention All-NCHC his final season. He played the first four seasons of his pro career in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings last season. Moore has 41 points (18g, 23a) in 112 career NHL games, including career bests of 10 goals and 23 points in all 55 games this season, earning the L.A. Kings’ Unsung Hero Award for the 2020-21 season.

Wolanin (Rochester, Mich.) is the lone repeat selection from the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team, which is the last time the team was assembled. He was a 2017-18 Second-Team All-NCHC selection, capping a three-year career at North Dakota. From 2015-18, the blue liner played in 109 games at UND, totaling 72 points (22g, 50a) for the Fighting Hawks. The Ottawa draft pick then signed with the Senators, playing 58 games over three seasons, before finishing this year with the L.A. Kings. Wolanin has racked up 18 points in his 61 career NHL games on five goals and 13 assists.

Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.) previously played for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship and was a four-year standout at Miami from 2008-12, earning Second-Team All-CCHA as a junior. He played in 162 career games for the RedHawks, before signing with the Ottawa Senators. Wideman made his NHL debut in 2015 and has played 181 career NHL games on the blue line, tallying 45 points. This season he played for Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL in Russia.

A former college rival of Wideman, Tennyson (Pleaston, Calif.) played three seasons for the Broncos from 2009-2012 before signing with the San Jose Sharks. He played in 117 career games on the WMU blue line, netting 22 goals and tallying 32 assists, while earning Second-Team All-CCHA honors for the 2011-12 season. Tennyson spent the 2020-21 season with the New Jersey Devils, appearing in 21 games with three points. He has appeared in 165 career NHL games over eight seasons and has played in 305 career AHL games.

Stolarz (Edison, N.J.) spent one season with the Mavericks in 2012-13, appearing in eight games in net for Omaha. A Philadelphia draft pick, he signed with the Flyers in 2014-15 and has spent seven seasons between the NHL and AHL, playing the last two seasons in the Anaheim Ducks organization. In six years in the NHL, Stolarz has played in 34 games, going 10-10-4 with three shutouts, including eight games for the Ducks this season.

Two other NCHC alumni will also participate in the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship as former WMU Bronco teammates Frederik Tiffels of Germany and Oliwer Kaski of Finland will once again represent their countries in this year’s tournament. Tiffels played at Western Michigan from 2014-17, while Kaski, who looks to help Finland defend its gold medal from 2019, played two years in Kalamazoo from 2015-17.

Including Moore, a total of 14 NCHC alumni will have competed at the IIHF Men’s World Championship for six different countries, with eight suiting up for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Team USA opens the 2021 tournament against Kaski and defending champion Finland on Saturday, May 22. The knockout round begins on June 3 with the final set for June 6. All U.S. games can be seen on NHL Network.

Past NCHC Alumni to Play in IIHF Men’s World Championship

2017   
Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Nick Schmaltz, F, UND - USA
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany

2018   
Will Butcher, D, DU - USA (bronze)
Blake Coleman, F, Miami - USA (bronze)
Ludvig Hoff, F, UND - Norway
Tyson Jost, F, UND - Canada
Charlie Lindgren, G, SCSU - USA (bronze)
Jordan Oesterle, D, WMU - USA (bronze)
Neal Pionk, D, UMD - USA (bronze)
Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany

2019   
Tyson Jost, F, UND - Canada (silver)
Oliwer Kaski, D, WMU - Finland (gold)
Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Troy Stecher, D, UND - Canada (silver)
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany
Christian Wolanin, D, UND - USA

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