USA Hockey announced today that University of Denver sophomore defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher has been named to U.S. National Junior Team’s training camp roster.
Drafted in the fifth round (123rd overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft, Butcher is no stranger to international competition. The 19-year-old rear guard was a point-per-game player at last year’s IIHF World Championship, putting away two goals and three assists in five games. Butcher has also represented the United States in silver medal worthy performances at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship and 2012 U17 Hockey Challenge and at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship, where his squad won the gold.
He has four goals and 11 assists in 23 international contests.
Butcher is a familiar face around USA Hockey, having spent two seasons with the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., before attending DU. He has one goal and six assists through 11 games with the No. 10 USCHO.com ranked Pioneers this season.
Set to take place Dec. 16-24 in Boston, Mass., the training camp is in preparation for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada. The tournament will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in both Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario.
Butcher’s announcement comes a day after Hockey Canada released the roster for its selection camp, which includes Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras.
Bigras served as a seventh defenseman for Hockey Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship, finishing plus-2 after seven games played. He’s having a stellar year with the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League, registering eight goals and 14 assists in 25 games.