Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America World Cup roster

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Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America. (Photo/Getty Images)
Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America. (Photo/Getty Images)
Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America. (Photo/Getty Images) connor hellebuyck Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America World Cup roster ConnorHellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America. (Photo/Getty Images)

Team North America announced there initial 16-man roster for September’s World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday and a familiar name to UMass Lowell River Hawk fans made the list, Connor Hellebuyck.

The Commerce, Michigan native was one-of-three goaltenders to make the roster on Wednesday along with John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks and Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hellebuyck spent 26 games with the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL) this season while Jets’ starter Ondrej Pavelec was out with an injury. The rookie net minder posted a 13-11-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.34 goals-against average, and .918 save percentage.

Following Pavelec’s return to action, Winnipeg re-assigned Hellebuyck to where he started the 2015-16 season, the American Hockey League‘s (AHL) Manitoba Moose. The 22-year-old is 5-10-1 with one shutout, 2.27 GAA, and .931 save percentage over 16 games with the Moose.

Last season, Hellebuyck posted a record season for the St. John’s IceCaps in the AHL. Over his 58 games with the IceCaps, Hellebuyck posted a 28-22-5 record with a 2.58 GAA, .921 save percentage and six shutouts.

Following the season, Hellebuyck was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship and helped Team USA bring home a bronze medal. He posted a 7-1 record with a 1.37 goals-against average and a tournament-best .948 save percentage. His seven wins tied a U.S. record for most in a single tournament set in 1939. He also posted a pair of shutouts during his eight tournament games, including a 4-0 shutout during the bronze medal game.

Full list of the roster announced below:

Goalies

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Connor Hellebuyck, Manitoba Moose
Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
J.T. Miller, New York Rangers
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames
Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets

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