Adam Clendening has enjoyed the privilege of wearing a Team USA jersey twice. The 18-year-old is one step closer to wearing one again, and this time it would be in his own neighborhood.
Clendening was among the 29 players named today to USA Hockey’s preliminary roster for the world junior tournament, which will be held in Buffalo and Lewiston from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. The team will begin training camp Dec. 17 in Troy and will be cut to its final total of 22 players Dec. 22.
Clendening is one of 10 defensemen who will compete for a spot on the defending under-20 champions. The Niagara Falls native and Boston University freshman played for the United States in the past two under-18 tournaments.
"It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to put on the USA jersey," he said on a conference call. "I’ve done it twice, and I’ve been lucky enough to win gold medals both times. It’s a thrilling experience.
"You take every moment you’re given when you wear the jersey. It’s something special. Not many players get to do it, so when you get the opportunity you try to make the best of it. It’s going to be exciting possibly playing in what I like to call my hometown."
Listen to General manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team Jim Johannson talk about the World Juniors coming to Buffalo this month: