USA Announces First Players for 4 Nations Face-Off

Just a little under eight hours before the 2024 draft kicks off Sweden, Finland, Canada and USA announced the first six players for their 4 Nations rosters.

4 Nations Face-Off 2025
Photo from Team USA website

The players announced were Jack Eichel (Vegas Golden Knights), Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs), Matthew Tkachuk (Florida Panthers), Adam Fox (New York Rangers), Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks), and Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins).

On Friday morning, Bill Guerin, GM of Team USA and president of hockey operations and GM of the Minnesota Wild, said “we’re excited about naming the first six players to our roster. We have so many great players today in our country playing in the NHL and these first six possess and immense amount of talent and will serve as a solid core for our team.”

The 4 Nations Face-Off is being staged in Montreal and Boston by the NHL and NHLPA and is replacing the All Star Game. Each of the four teams will face each other in a round-robin style play, the two teams with the best record will face off on February 20th in Boston for the 4 Nations Face-Off Championship.

4 Nations Face-Off Schedule

DateTime (EST)TeamsLocation
Wednesday, February 128:00 PM CAN vs SWEBell Centre, Montreal, CAN
Thursday, February 138:00 PM USA vs FINBell Centre, Montreal, CAN
Saturday, February 151:00 PMFIN vs SWEBell Centre, Montreal, CAN
Saturday, February 158:00 PM USA vs CANBell Centre, Montreal, CAN
Monday, February 171:00 PMCAN vs FINTD Garden, Boston, MA
Monday, February 178:00 PM SWE vs USATD Garden, Boston, MA
Thursday, February 208:00 PM Championship GameTD Garden, Boston, MA

All six of these players were part of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, a two-year residency program based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The program is designed for 16 and 17-year-old men’s players in the United States; the six players have been on U.S. teams for a total of 29 major world championships and a combined 19 medals, eight gold, two silver, and nine bronze.

Quinn Hughes
Hughes won the Norris Trophy during the 2024 NHL Awards as the captain of the Vancouver Canucks. During the 2023-24 season, Hughes played in all 82 games, along with 13 playoff games. He had 92 points during the regular season (17 goals, 75 assists) and 10 points during playoffs (10 assists). Hughes has played for Team USA during the 2016 U18 MWC, 2018 and 2019 WJC and the 2018 and 2019 MWC events.

Matthew Tkachuk
Tkachuk, an alternate captain of the Florida Panthers, helped lead the team to win the Stanley Cup this year. This season Tkachuk played in 80 regular season games and 24 playoff games, with a total of 88 regular season points (26 goals and 62 assists) and 22 playoff points (six goals and 16 assists). He has played for Team USA during the 2015 U18 MWC and 2016 WJC events.

Auston Matthews
Matthews is currently an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs and played in 81 regular season games with a total of 107 points (69 goals, 38 assists) and just five playoff games with one goal and three assists. He has played for Team USA during the 2014 and 2015 U18 MWC, 2015 and 2016 WJC and the 2016 MWC events.

Charlie McAvoy
McAvoy is an alternate captain for the Boston Bruins and played in 74 regular season games with 47 points (12 goals, 35 assists) and 13 playoff games with one goal and five assists. He has played for Team USA during the U18 MWC, 2016 and 2017 WJC, 2017 MWC, and 2018 MWC events.

Adam Fox
Fox is an alternate captain for the New York Rangers and played in 72 regular season games accruing 73 points with 17 goals and 56 assists. During the Rangers playoff run, Fox played in 16 games with eight assists. He has played for Team USA during the 2016 U18 MWC, 2017 and 2018 WJC, and 2019 MWC events.

Jack Eichel
Eichel is an alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights and helped lead his team to win their first Stanley Cup during the 2022-23 season. This season he played in 63 games with 68 points (31 goals and 37 assists) and played in seven playoff games with three goals and four assists. He has played for Team USA during the 2012 YOG, 2013 and 2014 U18 MWC, 2014 and 2015 WJC and the 2015, 2017 and 2019 MWC events.

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