prospect John Ramage
(Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin) was named captain of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team on Dec. 24. He'll be joined by alternate captains Ryan Bourque
(New York Rangers
) and Jeremy Morin
All three players were members of last year's U.S. squad that captured gold at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.
Ramage, who had 3 assists in seven tournament games last year, recorded the only assist on John Carlson
's OT goal in the gold-medal game against Canada on Jan. 5. Ramage participated in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp and produced 1 assist in six games against teams from Finland, Sweden and the U.S. He sports a plus-9 rating through 18 games at the University of Wisconsin this season -- his second campaign with the Badgers.
Ramage was drafted by the Flames in the fourth round (103rd overall) last June.
Morin, drafted by Atlanta in the second round (No. 45th overall) in 2009 but since traded to the Chicago Blackhawks
, tied for fourth in scoring with 5 assists in last year's WJC. Bourque, a third-round pick (No. 80 overall) of the Rangers in 2009, had 3 assists at last year' event.