PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The roster for the 2016 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp has been trimmed to 32 players for the final four days of the camp.
"We've been pleased with the level of competition in the camp so far," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. "This is just one step in the process, but we like the direction our players are headed and look forward to having our head coach, Bob Motzko, behind the bench for the remaining games as we continue to develop our identity. We will continue to evaluate the players released today, along with some others not here, throughout the fall.”
The annual week-long camp staged by USA Hockey, which also includes teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden -- continues with practices and games through Saturday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
Players are auditioning for spots on their respective federation team that will compete in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2016–Jan. 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
NOTES: Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo./London Knights), who helped the U.S. National Junior Team claim a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, has been at the camp since Friday, July 29, but not participating due to injury. He will leave Plymouth today. Additionally, Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, Minn./Fargo Force) will no longer be participating in this week’s camp for precautionary reasons ... Colin White (Hanover, Mass./Boston College), who helped the U.S. claim the bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, will join the team in an off-ice capacity on Thursday (Aug. 4) for the remainder of camp ... Tickets for all remaining games of the 2016 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are on sale and can be purchased by calling the USA Hockey Arena Box Office at 734-453-8400 or by going online here ... All remaining games from the 2016 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will be televised live on NHL Network in addition to being streamed live and available on-demand on usahockey.fasthockey.com … Use the hashtag #NJEC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding camp …The 2017 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp December 15-20 in Buffalo, New York … Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team ... The assistant coaches for Team USA are Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), Kris Mayotte (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Steve Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.) ... Additional team staff coaches include high performance coach Sean Braziel (Burke, Va.) and video coach Matt Chapman (Bloomington, Ind.) … 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 eighth consecutive year … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.
|Sun., July 31||USA White 3, Sweden 6
USA Blue 8, Finland 1
|Mon., Aug. 1||USA Blue 6, Sweden 4
USA White 8, Finland 2
|Wed., Aug. 3||Finland 2, Canada 1 (OT)
USA 4, Sweden 3
|Fri., Aug. 5||Sweden 5, Canada 1
Finland 2, USA 1
|Sat., Aug. 6||Finland 3, Sweden 2 (SO)
USA 5, Canada 1