Matt Hellickson, Cal Petersen make U.S. team for World Championships

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The hockey World Championships are back, and two former Notre Dame players have made the final cut for the U.S. team. Those players are defenseman Matt Hellickson and goaltender Cal Petersen. That makes 16 former Notre Dame players to have played in this event. The tournament will run from May 21 to June 6 and take place in Latvia.

Hellickson recently completed his fourth and final season for the Irish, during which he was an alternate captain. In 146 collegiate games, he scored 52 points, 13 of which were goals. A 2017 seventh-round pick of the New Jersey Devils, he recently began his professional career with their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Through four games, he has yet to register a point, but he has 19 penalty minutes.

Petersen, making his second World Championships appearance, was in net for the Irish for three seasons from 2014 to 2017 and became the first goaltender in program history to serve as captain as a senior. He had a 53-39-15 record and a .924 save percentage while earning 11 shutouts. He just completed his first full season with the Los Angeles Kings, appearing in 36 games. During that time, he accumulated a 9-18-5 records with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage.

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