LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Thirty-one of the 44 players in attendance at the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will remain to face Canada, Finland and Sweden later this week.For the final 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp roster, click here.
The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."
Among those staying are goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College), defenseman Pat Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and forward Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.), who were members of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
The trimmed Team USA roster will play Sweden on Wednesday (Aug. 7), Finland on Thursday (Aug. 8) and Canada on Saturday (Aug. 10). All games are being played at the Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
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