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Rookies Kessel, Stastny chosen for U.S. national team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Colorado Avalanche rookie
Paul Stastny and Boston rookie Phil Kessel were among the 18 players
chosen Monday for the U.S. National Team that will compete in the
world championships in Moscow beginning April 27.

Stastny had 28 goals and 50 assists in 82 games this season.
Teammate Tyler Arnason also was chosen for the team.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole and goaltenders Robert
Esche of the Philadelphia Flyers and John Grahame of Carolina, all
2006 Olympians, also were chosen.

Kessel, Cole, Esche and Grahame were among seven players with
experience in the world championships. The others were defensemen
Andrew Alberts of the Boston Bruins and Keith Ballard of the
Phoenix Coyotes, and forward Chris Clark of the Washington
Capitals.

Also selected were defenseman Matt Greene and right wing Toby
Petersen of the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack
Johnson, Bruins forward Brandon Bochenski, Hurricanes forward Chad
LaRose, St. Louis Blues forward Lee Stempniak and Washington
Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier.

The selections included two college players, goaltender Cory
Schneider of Boston College and forward Nathan Davis of Miami
(Ohio) University.

Four remaining roster spots will be filled following the first
round of the NHL playoffs.