NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has been added to the U.S. roster for the World Cup of Hockey.
USA Hockey announced Wednesday that the six-year NHL veteran will replace Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan, who underwent hip surgery last month, in the tournament, which runs Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto.
“Kyle brings an all-around game that we’re confident will fit nicely with the framework we’re looking to build,” said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA and also the GM of the Los Angeles Kings. “He’s coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team.”
In his first season with the Devils, Palmieri, a native of Montvale, New Jersey, registered 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points in 2015-16. Earlier this month, he signed a five-year, $23.25 million contract.
Palmieri, 25, is no stranger to international competition. He won a gold medal with Team USA in the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and bronze medals at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2008 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. He also was a member of Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championship, scoring two goals in seven games.