IIHF World Championship: Colin McDonald Joins Nelson, Donovan for Team USA

Colin McDonald selects the teammates he will take with him to Minsk. - James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

File this under "Surprise."

USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders winger Colin McDonald has been named to the Team USA roster for the IIHF World Championship that will take place May 9-25 in Belarus.

This follows the tax day announcement that his Islanders teammates Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson would be on the team.

It's a surprise to see them select McDonald, who had 18 points in 70 NHL games this past season in a mostly third- and fourth-line role. But it's a nice story for the late bloomer, who didn't get his first full season of NHL action until age 28, and who bounced around the AHL, NHL and even ECHL before sticking with the Islanders during the 2013 lockout season.

That was the same season he signed with the organization and was even named captain of AHL Bridgeport before getting the call to the Islanders once NHL play began.

Including McDonald, who went to Providence College, 14 of the 18 players announced thus far played NCAA hockey. Hmm...

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