Originally created 04/24/98

USA national team will have nine NHL players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nine NHL players, none from the Olympic team, will play for the United States at next month's world championships.

Matt Cullen and Ted Drury of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks were picked for the national team Thursday along with two New York Islanders, Tom Chorske and Bryan Smolinski; and two Carolina Hurricanes, Bates Battaglia and Adam Burt.

Also named were Darby Hendrickson of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eric Weinrich of the Chicago Blackhawks and Garth Snow of the Vancouver Canucks.

The selections were made by USA Hockey, the same organization that picked the Olympic team. None of the NHL players who went to Nagano, Japan, were invited to play in the championships next month in Switzerland.

The Americans, after an early exit from the Olympic tournament, damaged their living quarters in the Olympic village.

The remainder of the team will be made up of players from minor hockey leagues, European professional leagues and U.S. college teams.

The national team, which finished sixth last year, will play its first game in the IIHF World Championships on May 2 against Switzerland.

Hendrickson and Weinrich played on the 1997 team, which had a 4-3-1 record in the tournament in Finland.


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