The U.S. roster for the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, which includes Illinois’ Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) has been trimmed to 34 players for the final four days of the camp.
“As a staff, we have been very pleased with the level of intensity and competitiveness we’ve seen so far,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team and also assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “It’s evident there is depth at every position and that is certainly a big positive as we continue the evaluation process the rest of this week and throughout the fall.”
The 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase continues today at USA Hockey Arena with Canada facing Finland at 1 p.m. ET, followed by USA versus Sweden at 4 p.m. ET (both games live on NHL Network). The Showcase serves as an audition for players seeking to make their federation team that will compete at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York. For the full 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase schedule, click here.
NOTES: Defensemen Chad Krys and Illinois’ Tyler Inamoto, both injured earlier in the Showcase, were sent home for precautionary reasons … Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling the USA Hockey Arena Box Office at 734-453-8400 … NHL Network will televise the final three days of games from the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase beginning today … Defenseman Ryan Lindgren (University of Minnesota) and forward Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Univ. of Michigan), will both continue to skate in practices but not participate in games … Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team … The assistant coaches for Team USA are Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kris Mayotte (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Steve Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) … Dan Muse (Geneva, Ill.) and Toby Petersen (Minneapolis, Minn.) are serving as guest camp coaches … 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.