The United States National Junior Team begins defense of its gold medal-winning triumph at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with several new faces looking to create their own mark on the campus at the University of Minnesota beginning Sunday.
The first item on the agenda as the U.S. prepares for the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden, is the 29-player selection camp consisting of five practices at Mariucci Arena as well as a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University on Dec. 17. All practices at Mariucci are open to the public. After training is complete in Minneapolis, the team will travel to Angelholm, Sweden, to continue the evaluation process from Dec. 19-23. The Americans will play pre-tournament games Dec. 20 against Sweden and Dec. 22 against Finland.
U.S. National Junior Team coach Don Lucia expects to finalize his 22-player roster Dec. 23.
Lucia, who is in his 15th season as the head coach for the Golden Gophers, is excited that the first leg of the evaluation process will be held in Minnesota.