LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The roster for the 2015 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation has been trimmed to 32 players for the final four days of the camp. Skokie’s Louie Belpedio and Frankfort’s Christian Dvorak made the final cut.
“As a staff, we have been very pleased with the competitiveness of the 39 players in camp,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. “The three remaining games this week provide an opportunity for our head coach, Ron Wilson, to be on the bench with the players to continue to grow our identity and team principles. We will continue to evaluate the players released today along with some others not in Lake Placid throughout the fall.”
The camp continues with practices and games against Finland on Wednesday (Aug. 5), Sweden on Thursday (Aug. 6) and Finland on Saturday (Aug. 8). All contests will be played the Olympic Center’s 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
The players are auditioning 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, 2015–Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.
NOTES: Johnathan MacLeod (/Boston University), who helped Boston University reach the NCAA Division I National Championship, will no longer be participating in this week’s camp for precautionary reasons ,,, Use the hashtag #NJEC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding camp … The online home for the 2015 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, complete with rosters, schedules, stats and news, is available here … All games from the 2015 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on-demand on usahockey.fast.hockey.com … The 2016 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp in December to be held in Boston … At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, the U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden … Ron Wilson(Riverside, R.I.) is head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Wilson directed the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in wins… The assistant coaches for Team USA areChris Chelios (Chicago, Ill./Detroit Red Wings), Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich./USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program) and Kevin Reiter (Pittsburgh, Pa./USA’s Hockey’s NTDP) … Nick Siergiej (South Bend, Ind./University of Notre Dame) is the video coordinator … 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 seventh 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.