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Ramage makes final U.S. World Junior Team roster

ON WISCONSIN <b>John Ramage</b>
John Ramage

Dec. 22, 2010

MADISON, Wis. -– Wisconsin sophomore defenseman John Ramage (St. Louis) survived the final cut and is one 22 players named by USA Hockey to the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The event runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

"There's a great combination of experience and talent on this roster," said former Badger Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "The fact that these decisions were so hard is a testament to where hockey has come in the United States."

Ramage, who helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2010 event, is one of seven defensemen on the squad and is one of eight players returning from last year’s team.

Last year’s team won the country’s second gold medal at the event with former Badger Derek Stepan as team captain and current Badger junior defenseman Jake Gardiner was also on the squad. Team USA won its first gold medal at the event when UW head coach Mike Eaves directed the junior team to the 2004 title for the country’s first championship. The World Junior Championship began in 1977.

Ramage will miss UW’s series with Massachusetts that takes place on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 30-31 at the Kohl Center.
The inclusion of Ramage on Team USA gives the Badgers a player in the tournament for the ninth consecutive year.

In addition to Ramage, two others with connections to the Badger program will add their expertise to Team USA’s attempt at repeat gold medal. Former Badger Jim Johannson serves as the team general manager and former UW player and assistant coach Mark Osiecki serves as an assistant coach for the team.

NHL Network will provide live coverage off all U.S. National Junior Team games, as well as all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round contests for a total of 15 games.

For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com.

2011 IIHF World Junior Championship
Buffalo, N.Y.
Dec. 26-Jan. 6

Sun. Dec. 26 Russia vs. Canada 3 p.m.
Finland vs. USA 7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 28 Canada vs. Czech Republic 3 p.m.
USA vs. Slovakia 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 29 Norway vs. Canada 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 30 Sweden vs. Czech Republic 2 p.m.
Germany vs. USA 6 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 31 Canada vs. Sweden 3 p.m.
USA vs. Switzerland 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 2:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal #2 6:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 2:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 6 Bronze-Medal Game 2:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game 6:30 p.m.
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