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Cooper, Kleinendorst to assist U.S. at WJC camp

by Adam Kimelman /

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Iowa Wild coach Kurt Kleinendorst will serve as assistant coaches during USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The camp, the first step in picking the team that will represent the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, will be held Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Cooper will start his first full season with the Lightning after replacing Guy Boucher in the middle of last season. Cooper has won championships in the American Hockey League and United States Hockey League.

Kleinendorst, hired recently to coach the Minnesota Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, has been a coach at all levels of hockey, including the 2009-10 season when he coached the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team, and coached the U.S. team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

The pair will help Don Lucia, who will coach the team at the 2014 WJC, as well as assistant coaches Bob Motzko and Greg Brown.

USA Hockey invited 44 players to begin the process of competing for spots on the WJC team, and for the first four days the roster will be divided in half. Motzko will coach Team Blue, with Cooper assisting him, and Brown will coach Team White, with Kleinendorst assisting him.

 Justin Bailey, Kitchener, OHL (Buffalo) Riley Barber, Miami, NCHC (Washington) Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL (Tampa Bay)
Hudson Fasching, Minnesota, BIG 10 (Los Angeles) John Hayden, Yale, ECAC (Chicago) ince Hinostroza, Notre Dame, HE (Chicago)
Nicolas Kerdiles, Wisconsin, BIG 10 (Anaheim) Matthew Lane, Boston University, HE (2014 draft eligible) Stefan Matteau, Rimouski, QMJHL (New Jersey)
Daniel O'Regan, Boston University, HE (San Jose) Dominic Toninato, Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC (Toronto) Brady Vail, Windsor, OHL (Montreal)
Gage Ausmus, Denver, NCHC (San Jose) Dylan Blujus, North Bay, OHL (Tampa Bay) Will Butcher, Denver, NCHC (Colorado)
Connor Carrick, Plymouth, OHL (Washington) Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia, OHL (2014 draft eligible) Nick Ebert, Windsor, OHL (Los Angeles)
Brady Skjei, Minnesota, BIG 10 (N.Y. Rangers) Keaton Thompson, North Dakota, NCHC (Anaheim)
Thatcher Demko, Boston College, HE (2014 draft eligible) Anthony Stolarz, London, OHL (Philadelphia)

 Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota, BIG 10 (N.Y. Islanders  J.T. Compher, Michigan, BIG 10 (Buffalo)  Andrew Copp, Michigan, BIG 10 (Winnipeg)
Thomas DiPauli, Notre Dame, HE (Washington) Jake Guentzel, Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC (Pittsburgh) James Lodge, Saginaw, OHL (Winnipeg)
Michael McCarron, London, OHL (Montreal) Tyler Motte, Michigan, BIG 10 (Chicago) Cristoval Nieves, Michigan, BIG 10 (N.Y. Rangers)
Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton, WHL (Phoenix) Quentin Shore, Denver, NCHC (Ottawa) Zach Stepan, Minnesota State, WCHA (Nashville)
Michael Brodzinski, Minnesota, BIG 10 (San Jose) Connor Clifton, Quinnipiac, ECAC (Phoenix) Matthew Grzelcyk, Boston University, HE (Boston)
Ian McCoshen, Boston College, HE (Florida) Brett Pesce, New Hampshire, HE (Carolina) Steven Santini, Boston College, HE (New Jersey)
Patrick Sieloff, Windsor, OHL (Calgary) Thomas Vannelli, Minnesota, BIG 10 (St. Louis)
Jon Gillies, Providence, HE, (Calgary) Collin Olson, Ohio State, CCHA (Carolina)


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