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Lucia to lead U.S. at World Junior 'A' Challenge

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 2:38 PM / Prospects

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor


GOALIES - Ryan McKay, Green Bay, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Matthew Morris, Dubuque, USHL (2012 Draft eligible).

DEFENSE - Chris Bradley, Youngstown, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Brian Cooper, Fargo, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Ian McCoshen, Waterloo, USHL (2013 Draft eligible); Ethan Prow, Des Moines, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Mike Reilly, Penticton, BCHL (Blue Jackets); Jordan Schmaltz, Sioux City, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Andy Welinski, Green Bay, USHL (Ducks).

FORWARDS - Riley Bourbonnais, Cedar Rapids, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Alexander Broadhurst, Green Bay, USHL (Blackhawks); Tony Cameranesi, Waterloo, USHL (Maple Leafs); Austin Cangelosi, Youngstown, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Sam Herr, Green Bay, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Vince Hinostroza, Waterloo, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Kevin Irwin, Des Moines, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Sean Kuraly, Indiana, USHL (Sharks); Mario Lucia, Penticton, BCHL (Wild); A.J. Michaelson, Waterloo, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Brett Patterson, Siux City, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Raymond Pignozzi, Des Moines, USHL (2012 Draft eligible); Austyn Young, Sioux Falls, USHL (2012 Draft eligible).
Mario Lucia, a 2011 second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, was one of 22 players picked to represent the U.S. at the 2011 World Junior 'A' Challenge, which will be held Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C.

The U.S. has won the event three straight years.

A 6-foot-2, 187-pound left wing, Lucia is playing this season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. Through nine games, he's tied for second in the league with 19 points.

Lucia is one of six players taken in the 2011 Entry Draft named to the team. Joining Lucia will be his Penticton teammate, defenseman Mike Reilly, a fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets; defenseman Andy Welinski, a third-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks currently with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League; Welinski's Green Bay teammate, forward Alexander Broadhurst, a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks; forward Tony Cameranesi, a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs currently playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL; and forward Sean Kuraly, a fifth-round pick of the San Jose Sharks.

Of the remaining 16 players, 15 are eligible for the 2012 draft, including defensemen Brian Cooper and Jordan Schmaltz, who helped the U.S. win gold last year. Cooper, a 5-foot-10, 181-pound blueliner playing with the USHL's Fargo Force, is listed as an 'A' Player to Watch on NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch list.

The youngest player on the team is 16-year-old defenseman Ian McCoshen of the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Des Moines Buccaneers coach/GM Regg Simon will coach the team, with Waterloo Black Hawks associate coach Shane Fukushima and Omaha Lancers coach/GM Bliss Littler serving as his assistants.

Joining the U.S. in the tournament will be teams from the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden, plus two teams from Canada (East and West).

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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