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2008 PICK GETS TEAM USA JR. CAMP INVITE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Kings 2008 Third Round pick Robbie Czarnik was invited to Team USA's Junior Camp.
Kings prospect Robert Czarnik as well as Southern Californian natives Tyler Maxwell and Mitch Wahl have been invited to attend the 2009 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, in Lake Placid, N.Y., which runs from Aug. 7-15. Participating players are candidates for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, from Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask.


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Czarnik, Los Angeles' third round choice, 63rd overall, in 2008, tallied 5-11=16 in 36 games played for the University of Michigan as a freshman. Czarnik, listed at 6-0, 178 lbs., has Team USA experience having participated in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp last season and winning a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Under-18 Championship, where he recorded three goals and five assists in seven games.

Czarnik also played the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, skating with the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team in 2007-08, notching 19-20=39 totals and 42 penalty minutes in 57 games. Czarnik played for the U.S. NTDP Under-17 Team in 2006-07, accumulating a 17-12=29 line and 68 penalty minutes in 65 games.

Wahl, a Seal Beach, Calif. native, was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round, No. 48 overall, last year. He finished his fourth season with the Spokane Chiefs, posting career highs with 32-35=67 in 2008-09. Wahl spent time with the Los Angeles Junior Kings in 2005-06, wracking up 40-50=90 in 64 games played.

Maxwell, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He posted 22-24=46 in 57 games played for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL and played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in 2007-08, scoring 41-31=72 in 59 games played.

The 2009 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp will feature practices, three games between the split U.S. squads and four games against Russia.

The camp opens on Aug. 7, with the first international game set for Aug. 11. Games will be held at the USA Rink and 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena at the Olympic Center. All practice sessions are open to the public and tickets to the international games are available through the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid. Former King forward and Colorado Avalanche coach Tony Granato will serve as the camp's coach.

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