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Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat will play for Team USA at 2019 IIHF World Championship

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DeBrincat tallied one goal and eight points at last year’s tournament.

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Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat will play for the United States men’s national team for a second straight year next month at the World Championship, USA Hockey announced Thursday.

DeBrincat scored a goal and eight points last year as Team USA won bronze in the tournament. The 21-year-old is coming off his second NHL season where he posted a career-high 41 goals and 76 points for the Blackhawks. His 41 goals were second on the team to Patrick Kane, who will serve as Team USA’s captain for a second straight year.

Kane, who was Team USA’s captain last year, was named the World Championship’s MVP after scoring a tournament-high 20 points. His point total set a new Team USA record for most points scored in a single World Championship tournament, and tied Dany Heatley for the most points in any World Championship in the last 40 years.

The 30-year-old Kane paced the Blackhawks with 44 goals, 66 assists and a career-high 110 points.

Defenseman Connor Murphy and winger Brandon Saad were not named to Team USA’s roster, but could be added later. There are 25 total roster spots for each team at the tournament, which leaves eight spots open for Team USA. The U.S. plays its pre-tournament tuneup game against Germany at noon Central time May 7. The tournament runs from May 10-26 in Bartislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Goalies: Cory Schneider, Thatcher Demko, Cayden Primeau

Defense: Quinn Hughes, Brady Skjei, Ryan Suter, Alec Martinez

Forwards: Jack Eichel, Patrick Kane, Clayton Keller, Dylan Larkin, James van Riemsdyk, Colin White, Frank Vatrano, Chris Kreider, Luke Glendening, Alex DeBrincat

Murphy has played in the last five World Championship tournaments, while Saad last played for Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Championship and suited up for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The Blackhawks now have four confirmed players participating at the World Championship: DeBrincat and Kane (United States), Artem Anisimov (Russia) and Marcus Kruger (Sweden). Defenseman Henri Jokiharju and goaltending prospect Kevin Lankinen were named to Finland’s preliminary roster Wednesday.

David Kampf and Dominik Kubalik (Czech Republic), Dominik Kahun (Germany), prospect Phillip Kurashev (Switzerland), Erik Gustafsson (Sweden) and Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews (Canada) all could head to the tournament as well.