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Roster Unveiled for 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp

06/18/2014, 1:00pm EDT
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

The United States has medaled in three of the last five IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.

Of the 42 players attending, seven are returnees from the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Twenty-four have won medals at IIHF events.

The camp will be held at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The U.S. players will practice and compete in international games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

International Ice Hockey Federation Experience

Event (Result) Name (Hometown)
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (5th Place) Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.)
Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.)
Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.)
Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.)
Ian McCoshen (Hudson, Wis.)
Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.)
2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship (Gold) Louis Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.)
Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wic.)
Ryan Collins (Bloomington, Minn.)
Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.)
Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.)
Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.)
Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Alexander Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio)
Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.)
2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship (Silver) Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.)
Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.)
JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.)
Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.)
Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.)
John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.)
Clint Lewis (Burnsville, Minn.)
Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.)
Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.)
Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.)
Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.)
Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.)
Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka, Minn.)
2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship (Gold) Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.)
JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.)
Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.)

NOTES: Of the 42 players invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, 12 competed in the United States Hockey League during the 2013-14 season, including nine from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Eighteen players competed in the college hockey ranks last season ... Fourteen of the 42 players participated in last year's camp ... Mark Osiecki is head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. He is currently an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs ... The assistant coaches for Team USA are Don Granato (U.S. National Under-17 Team), Kevin Patrick (University of Vermont) and Mike Ayers (Boston College) ... Adam Nightingale (Michigan State University) is the video coordinator ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the sixth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Pittsburgh Penguins), international consultant for USA Hockey, assists Johannson in evaluating and selecting players for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team ... Mike Sullivan and Tony Granato (Pittsburgh Penguins) will serve as assistant coaches at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

2014 U.S. NJEC Schedule

DATE EVENT Time (EDT)
Saturday, Aug. 2 USA Blue Practice 9:00-9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
USA White vs. USA Blue 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 Sweden Practice 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4 Sweden Practice 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 Sweden Practice 10:00-11:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Finland Practice 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6 USA Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Sweden Practice 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7 USA Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Finland Practice 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.
USA vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8 Sweden Practice 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.
Sweden vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9 USA vs. Czech Republic 1:00 p.m.

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