COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 60 players invited to participate in its National Junior Evaluation Camp, which includes 34 alums of the organization's National Team Development Program, set for July 24-August 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
“It’s going to be a unique camp as we evaluate players for our National Junior Teams that will be competing in the August and December World Junior Championships,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “We’ve got two great coaching staffs assembled, and with the deep player pool we have, there will be tough decisions to be made.”
The 2022 U.S. National Junior Team will play in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta, and the final 23-player roster is expected to be announced by August 3. The tournament was originally scheduled for Dec. 26, 2021 - Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, but was canceled due to COVID.
The roster for the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team, which will play in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2022 - Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, is expected to be announced in mid-December.
A total of 21 states are represented among the 60 invited players, comprised of 35 forwards, 20 defensemen and five goaltenders.
Most recently, the U.S. earned gold at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, its fifth top-of-the-podium finish in the event. The U.S. has claimed 13 total medals in the World Juniors, including five gold (2021, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), two silver (2019, 1997) and six bronze (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).
NOTES: Media accreditation information for the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will be released later this summer, along with a full camp schedule … The World Junior Summer Showcase, which in the past has included the U.S. hosting other federations for a series of practices and games featuring candidates for each nation’s National Junior Team, will not be held this year … The U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp will be open to the general public … Nate Leaman, head men’s ice hockey coach at Providence College, is the head coach of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team, with Rand Pecknold, head men’s ice hockey coach at Quinnipiac University, the head coach of the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team.