Fargo Force goaltender Ryan Bischel has been named to Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge, which will take place from December 10-16 in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Bischel has backstopped the Force in 10 of Fargo’s first 14 games this season, posting a 5-3-2 record with one shutout. The Medina, MN native has a .911 save percentage and a 2.49 goals-against average so far this season.
“It’s an honor to be selected,” Bischel said. “Any time you get the chance to put on that jersey and represent your country is something special. Coach Eades always preaches that team success leads to individual success, and that has proven true in this case. I am excited to make the most of this opportunity and get back to work with the Force in January.”
The honor is not the first Bischel has earned this season; he was recognized as the USHL Goalie of the week on November 6 after posting four straight wins from October 21 to November 4.
The World Junior A Challenge is an annual tournament that has been taking place since 2007 that features the best Junior A players from the United States, Canada, Russia, and various other countries. Team USA has competed in the tournament since 2008, winning seven gold and three bronze medals. The Americans won the gold medal last year with a 4-0 win over Canada East in the championship.
Former Force forward, Nick Oliver, who is currently an assistant coach with the Sioux Falls Stampede was announced as the assistant coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge as well.
The Force return to Scheels Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for a pre-Thanksgiving matchup with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop for all Force home games is 7:05pm. Tickets are available at the Scheels Arena box office Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm or online 24/7 at ticketmaster.com. The box office can be reached during regular hours at 701.364.3672.