PRINCETON, N.J. – There are six former ECHL players on the roster for the 2005 U.S. Men’s National Select Team competing at the TUI Nations Cup (formerly known as the Deutschland Cup) through Sunday (Nov. 13) in Hannover and Mannheim, Germany. The players are goaltender Karl Goehring, defensemen Justin Harney, Andy Hedlund and David Schneider and forwards Aaron Fox and Ryan Kraft.
Team USA finished first in the tournament with a 3-1-0 record in 2004, but following losses to Germany and Canada, Team USA is 0-2-0 and scheduled to meet Switzerland on Saturday and Slovakia on Sunday.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, Goehring helped Dayton advance to the Kelly Cup Finals going 9-5 with a 2.43 goals against average and a .917 save percentage after he was 11-9-3 with a 2.24 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in 23 regular season games. Harney began his professional career in the ECHL in 2000-01 and had 20 points (7g-13a) in 34 games with Wheeling and 13 points (3g-10a) in 23 regular season games and one assist in five Kelly Cup Playoff games with Charlotte and was chosen to play in the ECHL All-Star Game. He returned to Charlotte in 2001-02 and had 42 points (6g-36a) in 55 regular season games while also playing three Kelly Cup Playoff games.
Hedlund played two regular season games and six Kelly Cup Playoff games with Trenton after completing his college season at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2001-02, and he played 13 games with the Titans in 2002-03 scoring three points (1g-2a). Schneider had an assist and five penalty minutes in two games with Trenton after completing his college season at Princeton University in 2001-02, and he had 16 points (5g-11a) in 26 games with the Titans in 2002-03, earning a selection to the ECHL All-Star Game. Fox had 26 points (10g-16a) in 34 games with Peoria in 2000-01 and returned to the ECHL in 2001-02 and had 55 points (25g-30a) in 71 games with Richmond.
Drafted in the eighth round (194th overall) by San Jose in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Kraft began his professional career with Richmond in 1998-99 and tied for the team scoring lead with 64 points (28g-36a) in 63 regular season games and led the Renegades to the Kelly Cup Finals, scoring a team-leading 20 points (10g-10a) in 18 games. He returned to Richmond in 1999-2000 and scored 67 points (32g-35a) in 44 regular season games before moving up to the American Hockey League.