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Demko added to United States world championship team

Thatcher Demko

Boston College players mob goalie Thatcher Demko (30) after they defeated UMass Lowell 4-3 in the NCAA Northeast Regional hockey final in Worcester, Mass., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Goalie Thatcher Demko, defenseman David Warsofsky, and forward Miles Wood have been added to the United States squad that will compete in next month’s world championship in Russia.

Demko -- a Hobey Baker finalist this season for Boston College -- has been in the news a lot lately, as the 20-year-old has yet to sign with the Vancouver Canucks, the team that drafted him in 2014 and would like to get him under contract this summer.

If Demko decides to go back to school for his senior season, it would seem likely that he’d be headed for free agency next summer, a la Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey.

The latest on that, from Vancouver Metro:

General manager Jim Benning, on Tuesday, expanded on the visit he had with Thatcher Demko’s family last week while the Boston College star goalie was in Tampa Bay for the NCAA Frozen Four.

Benning did not actually speak with Demko himself. Read into that what you will.

While he didn’t speak to the actual player in this case, Benning said he had a good conversation with Demko’s parents and Demko’s representative.

“He was concentrating on trying to win a championship and we didn’t want to disrupt him from his focus on that,” said Benning. “He’s an extremely competitive guy and he was so mad that they lost out the night before, he didn’t want to visit or talk the following day.”

Wood was Demko’s teammate at Boston College. He recently signed with the New Jersey Devils, making his NHL debut on April 9.

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