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USA Hockey invites four goalies to WJC camp

by Mike G. Morreale

USA Hockey on Friday announced that four goalies, including two gold medalists, have been invited to attend the National Junior Evaluation Camp, to be held Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Asked to attend the camp, which will be the first step toward USA Hockey picking its team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, are Thatcher Demko of the United States National Team Development Program; Jon Gillies of Providence College; Collin Olson of Ohio State University; and Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. They were chosen following a goalie evaluation camp held June 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

U.S. Team Evaluation Camp roster

GOALIES: **Thatcher Demko, USNTDP, USHL; Jon Gillies, Providence, HEA, (Calgary); Collin Olson, Ohio State, CCHA (Carolina); Anthony Stolarz, London, OHL (Philadelphia)

DEFENSEMEN: *Gage Ausmus, USNTDP, USHL; Dylan Blujus, North Bay, OHL (Tampa Bay); *Mike Brodzinski, Muskegon, USHL; *Will Butcher, USNTDP, USHL; Connor Carrick, Plymouth, OHL (Washington); *Connor Clifton, USNTDP, USHL; **Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia, OHL; Nick Ebert, Windsor, OHL (Los Angeles); Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University, HEA (Boston); *Ian McCoshen, Waterloo, USHL; *Brett Pesce, New Hampshire, HEA; *Steve Santini, USNTDP, USHL; Patrick Sieloff, Windsor, OHL (Calgary); Brady Skjei, Minnesota, WCHA (N.Y. Rangers); *Keaton Thompson, USNTDP, USHL; *Thomas Vannelli, USNTDP, USHL

FORWARDS: *Justin Bailey, Kitchener, OHL; Riley Barber, Miami, CCHA (Washington); *Taylor Cammarata, Waterloo, USHL; *J.T. Compher, USNTDP, USHL; *Andrew Copp, Michigan, CCHA; Thomas DiPauli, Notre Dame, CCHA (Washington); *Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL; *Hudson Fasching, USNTDP, USHL: *Jake Guentzel, Sioux City, USHL; *John Hayden, USNTDP, USHL; Vince Hinostroza, Waterloo, USHL (Chicago); Nicolas Kerdiles, Wisconsin, WCHA (Anaheim); *Matt Lane, Boston University (HEA); *Jimmy Lodge, Saginaw, OHL; Stefan Matteau, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL (New Jersey); *Michael McCarron, USNTDP, USHL; *Tyler Motte, USNTDP, USHL; Cristoval Nieves, Michigan, CCHA (N.Y. Rangers); Dan O'Regan, Boston University, HEA (San Jose); Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton, WHL (Phoenix); *Quentin Shore, Denver, WCHA; Zach Stepan, Waterloo, USHL (Nashville); Brady Vail, Windsor, OHL (Montreal); Dominic Toninato, Fargo, USHL (Toronto)

*- 2013 draft eligible

**- 2014 draft eligible

The NJEC, which will take place at Lake Placid's Olympic Center, will include practices and international games against Canada, Finland and Sweden. The four goalies will join 16 defensemen and 24 forwards named last week in auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team, which will participate in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2014.

The United States is the defending WJC champion, the third medal won by the U.S. team in the past four tournaments, including a gold in 2010 in Saskatoon and a bronze in 2011 in Buffalo.

Gillies was the backup to John Gibson at last year's tournament in Ufa, Russia. A third-round pick (No. 75) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, Gillies stopped all seven shots he faced in a 20-minute relief stint against Germany in an 8-0 victory.

Olson, chosen in the sixth round (No. 159) by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, earned a gold medal for the United States at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound player was between the pipes in the tournament's gold-medal game, stopping all 27 shots he faced. He went 5-0 with three shutouts, a 0.80 goals-against average and .965 save percentage, and was named the tournament's best goaltender.

Demko led the United States to a silver medal at the 2013 World U-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, going 3-3 with one shutout, a 2.24 GAA and .899 save percentage in seven games. Demko is the only 2013 NHL Draft-eligible goalie invited to camp.

Stolarz, who was selected in the second round (No. 45) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, will be attending his second straight NJEC. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound player went 13-3-1 with one shutout, a 2.29 GAA and .920 save percentage in 20 regular-season games for the Knights in 2012-13. He had a 2.53 GAA and .923 save percentage during 18 playoff games to help London to the OHL championship.

The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, which will be coached by University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia, will be selected following a pretournament camp from Dec. 15-18 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.


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