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NCAA players making it to WJC stage

Thursday, 12.27.2007 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

By James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Cade Fairchild of Minnesota will be one of the NCAA players playing in the World Junior Championships that
The 2008 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championships are under way in the Czech Republic, and NCAA hockey is well represented. Minnesota has the most players at the World Juniors with four, followed by Michigan and Wisconsin with three each, and Denver and Boston University, which have two players each playing in the tournament. Below is a list of NCAA players currently representing their countries. They are listed under their schools and by country with their positions, class and NHL affiliation:

Minnesota

* Kyle Okposo, USA, forward (Okposo just signed with the New York Islanders and will report to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport following the World Junior Championships.)

* Cade Fairchild, USA, defense, freshman, (St. Louis Blues)

* Mike Carman, USA, forward, sophomore, (Colorado Avalanche)

* Ryan Flynn, USA, forward, sophomore, (Nashville Predators)

Michigan

* Chris Summers, USA, defense, junior, (Phoenix Coyotes)

* Max Pacioretty, USA, forward, freshman, (Montreal Canadiens)

* Matt Rust, USA, forward, freshman, (Florida Panthers)

* Carl Hagelin, Sweden, forward, freshman, (New York Rangers)

Wisconsin

* Jamie McBain, USA, defense, sophomore, (Carolina Hurricanes)

* Blake Geoffrion, USA, forward, sophomore, (Nashville Predators)

* Kyle Turris, Canada, forward, freshman, (Phoenix Coyotes)

Denver

* Rhett Rakhshani, USA, forward, sophomore, (New York Islanders)

Tyler Ruegsegger, USA, forward, sophomore, (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Boston University

* Brian Strait, USA, defense, sophomore, (Pittsburgh Penguins)

* Colin Wilson, USA, forward, freshman, (eligible for 2008 draft)

Ohio State

* Joe Palmer, USA, goalie, sophomore, (Chicago Blackhawks)

Notre Dame

* Ian Cole, USA, defense, freshman, (St. Louis Blues)

Colorado College

Billy Sweatt, USA, forward, (Chicago Blackhawks)

New Hampshire

* James vanRiemsdyk, USA, forward, freshman, (Philadelphia Flyers)

On Campus Clips -- With the holiday season upon us, so are the annual college hockey holiday tournaments. Here is a list of each tournament and the opening matchups:

The Badger Showdown (Dec. 28-29, Madison, Wisc.) – Bowling Green vs. Northeastern; Colgate vs. Wisconsin.

Florida College Classic (Dec. 28-29, Estero, Fla.) – UMass-Lowell vs. Cornell; Clarkson vs. Maine.

Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 28-29, Detroit) – No.5 Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech; Providence vs. No. 1 Michigan.

Denver Cup (Dec. 28-29, Denver) – Dartmouth vs. Northern Michigan; Sacred Heart vs. No.3 Denver.

Lightning Classic (Dec. 29-30; Tampa, Fla.) – No. 9 UMass vs. No.6 Notre Dame; No. 4 Colorado College vs. Rensselaer.

Dodge Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30, Minneapolis, Minn.) – Air Force vs. Boston College; RIT vs. Minnesota.

UConn Hockey Classic (Dec. 29-30, Storrs, Conn.) – Army vs. UConn; Ferris State vs. Brown.

Ohio Hockey Classic (Dec. 29-30, Columbus, Ohio) – St. Cloud State vs. No. 2 Miami; Harvard vs. Ohio State.

Catamount Cup (Dec. 29-30, Burlington, Vt.) – Western Michigan vs. Quinnipiac; Holy Cross vs. Vermont.

NHL.com Top 10

1. Michigan 16-2-0

2. Miami 16-2-0

3. Denver 14-4-0

4. Colorado College 11-5-0

5. Michigan State 12-3-2

6. Notre Dame 16-4-0

7. North Dakota 8-6-1

8. Clarkson 10-5-0

9. UMass 7-3-5

10. New Hampshire 9-4-1



Quote of the Day

When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

— Saku Koivu on Thursday, recalling what he was told by the late Jean Beliveau when he was named Canadiens captain in 1999
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