Remparts’ Erne among first-round of U.S. cuts

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USA Hockey announced its first round of cuts on Friday night after a warm-up game against the Boston University Terriers in Boston, Mass.

London Knights’ Michael McCarron and Quebec Remparts’ Adam Erne were the first forwards to be released from USA Hockey’s annual selection camp. University of Wisconsin’s Jack Dougherty was the first blueliner to be dismissed.

Erne, 19, was the lone returning player to be cut. The Remparts forward tallied one assist in five games with the Americans at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden. The Tampa Bay Lightning second-round pick leads the Remparts in goal-scoring this season with 21 goals in just 29 games.

USA Hockey’s selection camp currently consists of 27 players – 15 forwards, nine defenceman and three goaltenders.

The pre-tournament camp will continue in Kingston, Ont. until Dec. 23. The Americans, who need to cut four more skaters, will compete in two pre-tournament games against the Germans and Swedes respectively.

USA Hockey opens the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship against Finland on Dec. 26 in Montreal, Que.

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