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OKPOSO NAMED TO TEAM USA

Wednesday, 12.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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OKPOSO NAMED TO TEAM USA
Islanders 2006 first-round pick to play in World Junior Championships

What a week for Kyle Okposo, the Islanders' 2006 first-round draft pick. After scoring two goals this weekend for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, including a highlight-reel game-winner against Minnesota State, Okposo was recently selected to the 2007 U.S. National Junior Team.

The 22 Americans under the age of 20 will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden from December 26, 2006 to January 5, 2007. The tournament is comprised of the best teenagers in the world and will include the United States, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Kyle," said Islanders assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski. "We're very proud of him. He's having an outstanding freshman year at Minnesota, and playing in the WJC will be an invaluable experience for Kyle."

For his outstanding performance in a three-point weekend against Minnesota State, Okposo earned WCHA Rookie of the Week Honors, Monday, for the second time this year. Okposo is riding a ten-game point streak and is ranked first on the team in goals (12) and tied for first in points (19). He is first among all freshmen in goals and fourth in points. With help from Okposo, Minnesota is ranked No. 1 in the country and sporting a 16-game unbeaten streak.

The U.S. captured its first ever gold medal at the World Juniors when it was held in Finland in 2004. At the 2006 World Junior Championship, the U.S. came in fourth.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
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11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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