Torey Krug was named to the United States men’s national team, which will compete in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation men’s world championship in the Czech Republic in May, USA Hockey announced on Tuesday.
Krug will be able to participate because the Bruins did not make the postseason, freeing him up in May — a month when the Bruins are normally still playing.
Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey of North Reading also made the team.
Vesey previously played on the 2013 US Junior team that won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
USA Hockey named 14 others to the team, including Arizona’s Mark Arcobello, Carolina’s Justin Faulk, Toronto’s Jake Gardiner, Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks, Los Angeles’s Trevor Lewis, Arizona’s John Moore and Connor Murphy, Columbus’s Jeremy Morin, and San Jose’s Ben Smith.
For Krug, this marks his first time playing for Team USA.
Krug did not make Team USA in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The defenseman played in 78 games for the Bruins this season with 12 goals and 27 assists, doing some of his best work on the power play, though he was up to a top-four role by the end of the season because of the injury to Dougie Hamilton.
Krug remains under contract with the Bruins for one more season, having signed a one-year $3.4 million extension in March.