UMass product Zac Jones named to Team USA for hockey world championships

  • New York Rangers' Igor Shesterkin (31) and Zac Jones (6) defend against Buffalo Sabres' Tobias Rieder (13) during the second period of an NHL hockey game April 27 in New York. AP FILE

  • Massachusetts' Zac Jones (24) is greeted by teammates after scoring against Minnesota Duluth during the first period of an NCAA men's Frozen Four hockey semifinal in Pittsburgh on April 8. AP FILE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/13/2021 3:01:08 PM

Red, white and blue suits Zac Jones, apparently.

The New York Rangers rookie defenseman and UMass product was named to the 2021 U.S. Men's National Team roster for the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship on Thursday. The tournament runs from May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

The team will depart the U.S. May 16 and open the tournament May 22 against Finland. Jones was named a second-team All-American and helped UMass win its first national championship last month.

He then signed with the Rangers, who drafted him in 2019, and played 10 games to end the season. The Rangers didn’t make the postseason.

Jones helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge and represented the United States at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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