Gibsonia native and former standout is one of 23 players representing the U.S. National Junior Hockey Team this week in Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The team is looking to earn its third straight medal after capturing the bronze at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, and the gold medal in 2010 in Saskatoon.
Saad scored Team USA's only goal in the 4-1 loss to Finland, during the team's second game of the competition. It was the first time that Finland defeated the United States in six years in IIHF U20 play.
This week, the 10 teams competing are divided into two, five-team pools for the preliminary round. Monday afternoon, Saad had one point, an assist, to help the US team beat Denmark 3-11 in its first round-robin game of the competition. The team will next play the Czech Republic Friday afternoon, and favorite/host Canada Saturday.
As a freshman, Saad, alongside his , powered Pine-Richland to a Penguins Cup championship, then left to ply his hockey skills elsewhere. The 6-1, 208-pound left wing was drafted No. 43 overall in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft by the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The NHL will broadcast Friday's game at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday's game at 6 p.m. Also, FASTHockey will be streaming 31 games from the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship live via webcast.