PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk was added to the roster for the U.S. National Team on Saturday.
No doubt, the 22-year-old from Middletown, New Jersey would rather still be playing in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead, he is headed to Slovakia to compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship.
This will mark van Riemsdyk’s sixth U.S. national team appearance. He previously competed at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2009, 2008, and in 2007 where he won a bronze medal. He also played in two IIHF World Men’s Under 18 Championships.
van Riemsdyk was a huge bright spot in what was otherwise a disappointing playoff run for the Flyers this season. He tallied seven goals and eight points for the orange and black in 11 playoff games.
Team USA is set to take on Switzerland on Monday in its final qualification-round game.
Reported by Dan Majka, CBS Philly.