Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Schroeder will play in his third straight World Junior Hockey Championship this year. He was selected 22nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and will be eager to improve on Team USA's fifth place finish last year. Last year, Schroeder led the team in scoring with 11 points and tied for second in the tournament with 8 assists in 6 games. Last year he also became Team USA’s all-time World Junior assists leader with 15, surpassing the record of 14 previously held by Doug Weight. The Americans open play against Slovakia in Saskatoon, Canada on Saturday.
In 2005-06, Schroeder played for St. Thomas Academy and helped lead the team to the Class A State Championship with 62 points in only 31 games. More recently, in 2008-09, he finished second on the Minnesota Gophers with 45 points in 35 games and fourth overall in the NCAA with a 1.3 points per game average.
Where he goes, awards follow. Schroeder was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Year, the College Hockey News National Rookie of the Year, the Minnesota Gophers Rookie of the Year and an All-WCHA Second Team.
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