RALEIGH, NC (July 19, 2000) – Defenseman Justin Forrest and goaltender Craig Kowalski, two players selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, will attend this year’s United States National Junior Team Evaluation Camp held from August 2-5 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY. The camp will determine the United States team that will compete in the 2000 USA Hockey Summer Challenge, a round-robin competition between under-20 select teams from Finland and Switzerland that takes place August 7-12 in Lake Placid.
Selected in the sixth round with the 181st overall pick, Forrest (5’9”, 170 lbs.) completed his third season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program last year and was a member of the 2000 USA Hockey Junior Select team that participated in the 2000 Viking Cup. The Auburn, New York native captained the NTDP squad and led the team in scoring with 34 points (6g, 28a) in 49 games. Forrest, 19, plans to attend Boston College as a freshman this fall.
Kowalski (5’10”, 190 lbs.) compiled a 33-12-3 record and a 2.38 goals against average in 49 games for the Compuware Ambassadors of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) last year before being chosen in the eighth round (235th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Kowalski, 19, will attend Northern Michigan (CCHA) next year.
Forrest and Kowalski are prospective players for the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team by their participation in the Evaluation Camp. The official roster for the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team, to compete in the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, will be announced in December. The IIHF World Junior Championship, which features the world’s best players under the age of 20, will take place December 26, 2000 to January 5, 2001 in Moscow and Podolsk, Russia. The Czech Republic team, featuring Hurricanes’ prospects Jaroslav Svoboda and Josef Vasicek, captured the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship.