Don Lucia got a first-hand look at how USA Hockey runs its national junior evaluation camp last summer. This year, he'll go from passenger to the driver's seat.
The camp, which will be held Aug. 3-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the first step in picking the team that will play in the 2014 World Junior Championship, scheduled for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. The United States is the defending champion.
The week in Lake Placid will feature practices and exhibition games against teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden.
"I had a chance to go through it last year to see how it all worked, which was beneficial heading into this year," Lucia told NHL.com. "I enjoyed it a lot, being there and being in that type of hockey environment."