Suter, Hall, Bacashihua join U.S. for hockey worlds

Updated: April 23, 2007, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. National Team added Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter, Minnesota forward Adam Hall and St. Louis goalie Jason Bacashihua to the roster for the world hockey championships beginning April 27 in Moscow.

Hall is making his fifth straight appearance in the tournament, Suter his third and Bacashihua his second.

Bacashihua was 1-1-0 with a .925 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average in the 2006 world championships.

Bacashihua replaces Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, a 2006 Olympian who withdrew for personal reasons after being selected along with 17 other players on April 16.

Players already on the team include Carolina forward Erik Cole and goalie John Grahame, both 2006 Olympians, and Colorado rookie Paul Stastny and Boston rookie Phil Kessel.

Kessel, Cole and Grahame were among the six players with experience in the world championships. The others were Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts, Phoenix defenseman Keith Ballard and Washington forward Chris Clark.

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