USA Hockey announced on June 6 the 24 forwards and 16 defensemen that have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, slated for Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and then on June 14, named the four goaltenders to take part in the camp.
Of the 40 skaters, a total of 29 players are either in college or have committed to an NCAA program. The other 11 players are from the Canadian Hockey League.
On the goaltending side, all four play, have played or will be playing college hockey.
The players will be looking to impress team brass to earn spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, going Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden, as the Americans look to defend their gold medal won this past January in Ufa, Russia.
|Player's Name||Position||College/College Commitment*|
|Thomas DiPauli||F||Notre Dame|
|Vince Hinostroza||F||Notre Dame*|
|Matt Lane||F||Boston University|
|Mike McCarron||F||Western Michigan*|
|Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves||F||Michigan|
|Dan O'Regan||F||Boston University|
|Zach Stepan||F||Minnesota State*|
|Gage Ausmus||D||North Dakota*|
|Matt Grzelcyk||D||Boston University|
|Ian McCoshen||D||Boston College*|
|Brett Pesce||D||New Hampshire|
|Steve Santini||D||Boston College*|
|Keaton Thompson||D||North Dakota*|
|Thatcher Demko||G||Boston College*|
|Collin Olson||G||Ohio State|
|Anthony Stolarz||G||Nebraska-Omaha (start of '12-13 season)|
The U.S. World Junior coaching staff includes head coach Don Lucia (Minnesota) and assistant coaches Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State head coach), Greg Brown (Boston College associate head coach) and David Lassonde (Denver assistant). The video coordinator is Yale assistant coach Dan Muse.