COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that goaltenders Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./U.S. National Under-18 Team), Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College), Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn./Ohio State Univ.) and Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J./London Knights) have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y. The netminders will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
Last week, the 16 defensemen and 24 forwards for the camp were announced. The complete roster is available here.
The United States has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Gillies was a member of the gold-medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Junior Team in Ufa, Russia. He also attended last year's U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp.
Demko backstopped the 2013 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team to a silver medal in Sochi, Russia. He played every minute for Team USA, posting a 2.24 goals against average.
Olson won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. He was named the best goaltender of that tournament with three shutouts and a 0.80 GAA.
Stolarz will be attending his second U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp after also receiving an invitation last year.
The quartet was selected following a goalie evaluation camp that was held June 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will be held at Lake Placid's Olympic Center utilizing the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, includes practices and international games against Canada, Finland and Sweden. A full schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online at WhiteFaceLakePlacid.com, by phone at (518) 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office.
NOTES: Of the 44 players invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, 19 competed in the United States Hockey League during the 2012-13 season, including 12 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Ten of the 44 players participated in last year's camp ... The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-18 to be held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23. The assistant coaches are Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.) assistant coach of the University of Denver's men's ice hockey team. The video coordinator is Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... The U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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