Two Salve Regina hockey players to skate for USA team at FISU World University Games
Salve Regina men’s ice hockey forwards Johnny Mulera ’24 and Mitch Walinski ’23 have been selected to play at the 2023 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Games for the USA men’s team. The games will start Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The FISU World University Games is the largest winter multi-sport collegiate athletic event in the world. The 11-day international festival and competition combines high-level sport with educational and cultural events, all taking place in Lake Placid, New York, and nearby towns.
“We are very proud as a program and university to have these two tremendous student-athletes chosen to represent the United States at the 2023 games,” said Zech Klann, head coach for Salve Regina men’s hockey. “Anytime you get to pull your nation’s jersey over your head and represent your country is a monumental honor. They have worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and it’s something they’ll cherish for a lifetime. We cannot wait to see them compete on this stage alongside some of the best players in the world. This is a special day for our program and Salve Regina.”
For the first time in the FISU World University Games, the USA men’s ice hockey roster will be comprised by players from the D-III ranks across the country. The official roster for the tournament is comprised of 23 players from East and West and across many of the conferences.
The USA men’s team plays in a six-team Pool B bracket that commences on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Cheel Rink on the campus of Clarkson University. The two top teams from the round robin portion of the tournament move on to the medal round on Saturday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22.
The USA men’s team schedule for the round robin includes the following games:
- Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. – Great Britain vs. USA
- Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. – USA vs. Korea
- Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. – Slovakia vs. USA
- Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. – USA vs. Kazakhstan
- Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m. – USA vs. Hungary
The gold medal game will be broadcast live on ESPN.