One of the Avalanche's budding young forwards, J.T. Compher, was announced as one of the first 15 players named to the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship from May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. 

Compher, who played in 21 games for the Avalanche, returns to the team after helping the U.S. finish fourth in their 2016 IIHF World Championship run after a loss to Russia (7-2) in the Bronze Medal Game. 

The U.S. team was the youngest in last year's tournament, the average age around 23-years-old. Compher just finished his senior year with the University of Michigan at just 21-years of age when he competed for the national team.

Now with NHL experience and a World Championship on his hockey resume, Compher will join Detroit Red Wings' Dylan Larkin, New York Islanders' Anders Lee and Brock Nelson, as well as Arizona Coyotes' Connor Murphy as one of the first 15 announced to the roster.

 

2017 Men's National Team for IIHF World Championships
Name, PositionMost Recent TeamHometown
Nick Bjusgstad, FFlorida PanthersMinneapolis, Minn. 
Daniel Brickley, DMinnesota State Univ. Sandy, Utah
J.T. CompherColorado AvalancheNorthbrook, Ill. 
Andrew Copp, FWinnipeg JetsAnn Arbor, Mich. 
Danny DeKeyser, DDetroit Red WingsDetroit, Mich. 
Christian Dvorak, FArizona CoyotesPalos, Ill. 
Jordan Greenway, FBoston Univ. Caton, N.Y. 
Connor Hellebuyck, GWinnipeg JetsCommerce, Mich. 
Jimmy Howard, GDetroit Red WingsSyracuse N.Y.  
Dylan Larkin, FDetroit Red WingsWaterford, Mich. 
Anders Lee, FNew York IslandersEdina, Minn. 
Connor Murphy, DArizona CoyotesDublin, Ohio
Brock NelsonNew York IslandersWarroad, Minn. 
Cal Petersen, GUniv. of Notre DameWaterloo, Iowa
Jacob Trouba, DWinnipeg Jets

Rochester, Mich. 

 

During his small stint with the Avalanche this far, he has three goals, two assists, and four penalty minutes. However, the 5-foot-11 forward played in 41 games with the Avalanche affiliate the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL where he had 13 goals and 17 assists. 

For more information and the IIHF Men's Hockey World Championships schedule click here