COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The preliminary roster for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team will be unveiled Monday (Dec. 5) at 5:30 p.m. EST exclusively on the NHL Network's Cisco NHL Live.
The preliminary roster will include a yet-to-be-determined number of candidates who will gather Dec. 16 in Camrose, Alta., for a training camp in preparation for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.
The U.S. National Junior Team's pre-tournament camp will take place Dec. 17-23 in Alberta, Canada. The camp will include practices at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose, Alta., along with three exhibition games in Red Deer, Camrose and Three Hills, Alta. A full camp schedule is below.
The final 22-player U.S. roster for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship will be announced on Dec. 22 following Team USA's pre-tournament game against Switzerland on Dec. 21.
NOTES: The U.S. National Junior Team is coming off back-to-back medals in the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time ever, having earned a bronze medal in last year's event in Buffalo, N.Y., and a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask. ... Dean Blais, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, will serve as head coach of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Scott Sandelin, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Tom Ward, head ice hockey coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's School's boys' prep team; and Joe Exter, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the third consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... From Aug. 6-13, 45 of the top U.S. under-20 players took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For the full roster and camp coverage, click here.
Team USA 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship Pre-Tournament Schedule
Dec. 17-23 • Alberta, Canada
Date Event Location*
Sat., Dec. 17 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Practice Camrose 5 - 6 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Practice Camrose 5 - 6 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 19 Practice Camrose 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 20 Practice Camrose 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Game vs. Russia Red Deer 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 21 Practice Camrose 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Game vs. Switzerland Camrose 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 22 Practice Camrose 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 23 Practice Camrose 10 - 11 a.m.
Game vs. Slovakia Three Hills 7 p.m.
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