LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Phil Housley, who will coach the U.S. team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, gave two words of warning to the 45 players who were invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp: Come prepared.
After a week that saw his players skate in intrasquad games as well as contests against Finland and Sweden, Housley said he thought it was a productive time.
"I was pleased about the whole week," Housley said. "Especially after the first couple days, it seemed like we were a little sluggish. (It) seemed like our games picked up in the third game and the international competition. I was very pleased by their effort. (I) talked to them, sent out the letter in June, to come prepared, and for the most part all of these guys worked hard and came prepared for this camp."
After two intrasquad games and two split-squad games, Housley and the USA Hockey staff trimmed the initial group of 45 to 34 and went 2-1 in international games. The highlight was a 10-2 win against Sweden, the 2012 WJC champions, on Thursday. Team USA also split a pair of games against Finland, winning 5-2 on Wednesday and losing 3-2 in overtime on Saturday, the final day of camp.