IIHF World Junior Championship 2023: Team USA has made final cuts to their training camp roster for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship and Washington Capitals 2022 second round draft pick Ryan Chesley, who was selected for Team USA’s preliminary training camp on December 5th, has survived the final round of cuts.
Team USA now has 25 players on their roster. The IIHF has made a provision for this year’s championship to allow for two more players in addition to the typical 23-man roster that has been allowed in years past. Therefore, Team USA’s roster is essentially set.
Team USA currently has eight defenseman (above) on their 25-man provisional roster, so Chesley is not assured of a starting role in their first game against Latvia on December 26.
Chesley is a 6’-0″ right-shot defenseman in his debut season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Men’s team. He scored his first goal for the team just days before departing for Team USA’s training camp.
A native of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, he had stints with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Development program and the United States National Team Development Program, with whom he recorded 44 points in 85 games played with the U.S. Development team and National Under-18 Team.