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Three Wolverines named to US roster for world juniors

At the annual tournament for the world’s best players 20 and under, the results reflect the development work and higher profile of a sport that usually plays second fiddle to football, baseball, basketball and more: The Americans have won gold medals three times since 2010, including last January when they beat Canada in a riveting final .

Three of the players chosen for the U.S. roster — Quinn Hughes Orlando, Florida), Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills) and Josh Norris (Oxford) — play for the University of Michigan.

Peeke, a second-round draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016, is one of two players on the preliminary roster from Florida, a region not exactly known for producing elite Hockey prospects.

But the growth of the NHL — Miami and Tampa got teams in the early 1990s — and more media exposure has helped youth hockey make inroads in nontraditional markets in the South and West.

The U.S. team has Dec. 29 circled and recircled on the calendar — that’s the day the Americans play Canada in the tournament’s first outdoor game, at New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills.

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