Stefan Noesen’s status with US hockey team still unknown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Greenburgh, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Stefan Noesen’s status for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship is still in limbo after he was handed a 10-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League for a hit in the head during a game.

Noesen, a forward with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, is one of 27 players taking part in USA Hockey’s National Junior Team Training camp at the MSG Training Center.

Team USA general manager Jim Johannson is hoping that the issue will be resolved before the team leaves for Finland Tuesday.

“It’s still a pending situation, and in fairness to everybody that’s involved in it right now I really don’t have much more of a comment,” Johansson said. “In our opinion it’s pending. It’s a matter that’s not closed and we’re working on that. We hope to have resolution on that before we leave here.”

“There’s a lot of conversations. Ultimately he has to be eligible for an IIHF tournament. We’re working on it as best we can. It takes a lot of communication with a lot of people right now,” he added.

A 6-foot, 187-pound right wing drafted 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2011, Noesen was part of the best line at USA Hockey’s summer evaluation camp in Lake Placid, New York along with Sean Kuraly and Mario Lucia.

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