For the first time since 1996, Western Michigan University hockey will have a player represent Team USA in the IIHF World Juniors.

According to the story from M-Live, Broncos Freshman, Mattias Samuelsson will be a part of Team USA at the World Juniors tournament.

He joins a pair of University of Michigan Sophmores, Quinn Hughes and Josh Norris as Michigan's three college players on the roster.

Samuelsson will be the first WMU player to make a team roster since Joe Corvo in 1996.  A great honor as he will get to play with some of the best young players in the game.

He currently leads the Broncos with a plus 12 rating.  He also has 3 goals and 5 assists in 16 games.

The World Juniors tournament begins today with a game against Slovakia and continues with games on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

If you want to watch any of the games all of Team USA games will be shown on the NHL Network.

Along with the college players on the roster, there will be 4 other players from Michigan on the roster.  One of those is the projected number one pick for the upcoming NHL draft, 17 year old Jack Hughes.

For more details on the World Juniors and for the full schedule you can check out the IIHF website here.