Colorado Avalanche prospects Michael Carman and Ryan Stoa
were named to the United States National Junior Team and will represent Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden beginning Dec. 26.
Carman and Stoa are both members of the top-ranked University of Minnesota hockey team.
Colorado's fourth selection (third round, 81st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Carman will be making his first appearance with the U.S. National Junior Team. The 6-0, 175-pound freshman center has posted four goals and five assists in 17 games with the Golden Gophers this season. He leads the team in penalties (12), penalty minutes (35) and shorthanded goals (3). Prior to coming to Minnesota, Carman spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Stoa, the Avalanche's first selection (second round, 34th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, will also be making his first appearance with the U.S. National Junior Team. A native of Bloomington, Minn., Stoa has 12 points (7g/5a) in 17 games this season after notching 10 goals and 15 assists as a freshman in 2005-06. Prior to coming to Minnesota, he played two seasons in the U.S. National Team Development Program and helped the U.S. Under-18 Team to the gold medal at the at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.
The World Juniors will take place Dec. 26, 2006 - Jan. 5, 2007.