Chicago Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte will play for Team USA at the 2016 World Championships, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. The tournament will take place from May 6 through May 22 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes will serve as the Americans head coach for the tournament.
Motte, 21, signed an amateur tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL last Friday just two days after signing a three-year entry-level contract, which begins in the 2016-17 season.
Motte, who is 5'9 and 193 pounds, finished his junior season with 32 goals and 24 assists in 38 games. He was third in the nation in points, only to his two linemates (Kyle Connor and JT Compher), and second in goals to Connor when his season ended March 26 in the regional final of the NCAA Tournament. The left winger was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top college hockey player.
Motte was selected by the Hawks in the fourth round -- 121st overall -- in 2013. He is the third player the Hawks have signed from their 2013 draft class, joining first-rounder Ryan Hartman and fellow fourth-rounder Robin Norell, who signed a three-year deal March 31.
Here's the first 12 named to Team USA. World Cup and guys waiting on new contracts really limiting pool. pic.twitter.com/bPlVRsEmbP— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) April 12, 2016