Oliver Wahlstrom is one of 29 players on the preliminary roster of the U.S. National Junior Hockey Team that will play in the IIHF World Junior Championship at the end of the month.

Back in June, the 18-year-old Wahlstrom became the first Maine-born hockey player to be drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft. The New York Islanders selected him #11 and he is currently a freshman playing for Boston College. (UMaine hockey plays Wahlstrom and the BC Eagles in Boston in January and then will host BC for two games at Alfond Arena February 22 and 23).

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His father, Joakim, played for the Black Bears in 1988-89 and Oliver grew up in Yarmouth. He played for North Yarmouth Academy before leaving to go to prep school in Minnesota and then joined the U.S. National Development Team Program.

Walhstrom played for the USA Under-18 National Team the past two seasons.

He is one of seven Hockey East players on the U.S. preliminary roster. Training begins on December 15th. The World Junior Tournament begins December 26th in Vancouver.

Wahlstrom has a goal and three assists n 12 games for Boston College.

NOTE: Remember UMaine goalie Jeremy Swayman played the the National Junior Team last year. He has aged out and is now over 20-years-old.