Team USA Hockey scores two Hingham natives
May 13, 2021 by Laura Harper Winters (Updated 05/14/2012 10:55 AM)
USA Hockey has announced the 26 players who will make up the US Men’s National Team and the roster includes two Hingham natives. The youngest member of the team is 18-year-old Matty Beniers, who recently participated in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. Brian Boyle, most recently with the Florida Panthers in the NHL, is 36 and will make his IIHF Championship debut as the oldest member of the team.
“It’s really special,” Beniers told Anchor Sports. “Obviously you represent your country and then represent your family and your city. Hingham is a big hockey town. It’s pretty cool that we have two guys from Hingham going there. Brian was actually one of the first guys to find out (he made the team). He was sitting next to me when I got the call, so he was one of the first guys to find out I got it right, which is cool. “
Asked about the dynamic between him (the youngest player on the team) and Boyle (the oldest), he added “we actually live halfway apart (at Hingham). It’s pretty cool going to Latvia together and I’m glad to spend more time with him. “
Both men will compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship from May 21 to June 6 in Riga, Latvia.
“We are thrilled with the roster we have and look forward to the World Championship,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2021 United States Men’s National Team and also president and general manager of the New York Rangers. of the NHL. “It’s a unique year and we appreciate everyone’s dedication and commitment. We love our team very much and our goal, like every other team our country puts on the ice, is to win a gold medal.
As part of Team USA, Brian and Matty will leave the United States for Riga on May 16 and start playing in the World Championship on May 22 against Finland at 9:15 a.m.ET. All US matches in the tournament will be broadcast live on NHL Network.
The United States has won three of the last seven IIHF Men’s World Championships (bronze in 2013, 2015, 2018), their best medal streak since 1939-53.
Good luck to Matty, Brian and the entire United States team. Hingham will cheer you on!