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Five Minnesotans Named To U.S. National Junior Hockey Team

USA Hockey has named its roster for the World Junior Championships, coming up in late December and early January. As you’d expect from the State of Hockey, they’re tied with the most representatives on the roster with five players. Massachusetts also has five players on the squad, with New York and California. . .California?. . .having four players each on the roster.

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The five North Star staters on the roster are:

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-Nick Bjugstad (Blaine)
-Justin Falk (South St. Paul)
-Derek Forbort (Duluth)
-Nick Leddy (Eden Prairie)
-Brock Nelson (Warroad)

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The World Junior Hockey Championships will be held in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y. The tournament will get underway the day after Christmas, and run through Jan. 5, 2011.

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Congratulations to our native Minnesotans, and all of the rest of the players, for achieving this great honor.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.