Charlie Coyle To Join Team USA at IIHF World Championships


With the Minnesota Wild season concluded, Charlie Coyle will join team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championships.

Like it or not, the Minnesota Wild season is over. As players return home to spend time with their families, Charlie Coyle has decided to play just a little bit longer, joining team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic this month.

Joining a roster that features several highly regarded prospects, such as Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey; Coyle joins fellow NHL skaters Jake Gardiner, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, and Justin Faulk. Former Minnesota Wild head coach and current Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards is the head coach for team USA at Worlds

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The World Championships, which are held annually in May, features a smattering of NHL players representing their country; however, because of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the teams also feature college standouts, prospects, and players from European leagues to fill out rosters.

Charlie Coyle finished the NHL regular season with 35 points (11g-24) while playing all 82 games for the Minnesota Wild. 35 points certainly isn’t the season the Wild hoped for, but he played a much better game in the back half of the season. He added 2 points (1g-1a) in 10 playoff games.

Coyle is no stranger to international competition. Playing in the World Junior Championships in 2011 and 2012, the Massachusetts native has 11 points (6g-5a) is 12 games for team USA.

No other Wild skaters have been confirmed for the international competition. Team USA will face Anze Kopitar and team Slovenia Sunday.

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