Ryan Chesley Makes Team USA’s 25-Man Provisional Roster For The 2023 World Junior Championships

Team USA has made final cuts to their training camp roster for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship and Washington Capitals 2022 second round draft pick Ryan Chesley, who was selected for Team USA’s preliminary training camp on December 5th, has survived the final round of cuts.

Team USA now has 25 players on their roster. The IIHF has made a provision for this year’s championship to allow for two more players in addition to the typical 23-man  roster that has been allowed in years past. Therefore, Team USA’s roster is essentially set.

Team USA currently has eight defenseman (above) on their 25-man provisional roster, so Chesley is not assured of a starting role in their first game against Latvia on December 26. [Full Roster Here]

Chesley is a 6’-0″ right-shot defenseman in his debut season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Men’s team. He scored his first goal for the team just days before departing for Team USA’s training camp.

A native of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, he had stints with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Development program and the United States National Team Development Program, with whom he recorded 44 points in 85 games played with the U.S. Development team and National Under-18 Team.

In August, Chesley spoke about his experience during the Capitals’ prospect development camp, calling it a “fun week.” “It’s been awesome getting here, getting to know the guys, getting to know the staff, and getting on the ice with them…I knew it was going to be a hard time here, just a lot of work, it’s been a grind so far, but it’s been fun. A lot of the on-ice stuff has been challenging, which is good. I think it’s really helpful.”


The 47th edition of the Championship is scheduled to be held from December 26, 2022, through January 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.  The 10-nation tournament features the world’s best men’s players under 20 years of age and is a 31-game event that takes place over the course of 10 days.

Team USA will play a pair of pre-tournament exhibition games in New Brunswick before their first real WJC game on Monday, Dec. 26, versus Latvia in Moncton, New Brunswick. The gold medal game is on Thursday, Jan. 5, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Americans will be seeking their fifth medal in the past seven tournaments. Since the World Juniors began in the 1970s, Team USA has claimed gold five times, most recently in 2021.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Ryan Chesley Makes Team USA’s 25-Man Provisional Roster For The 2023 World Junior Championships

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do work, Ryno!

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Congratulations, Ryan. And with some college teammates, too, like Logan Cooley.

    I keep wanting to call him Bucky since I had a HS classmate named Bucky Chesley. (His real given name was Richard.)

  3. dwgie26 says:

    I’m really excited about this Chelsey. He is the heaviest dee and second tallest. So good size for this roster and he skates well. Make some noise Ryan!

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