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USA junior camp to host Canada, Sweden, Finland

by Adam Kimelman

USA Hockey will serve as host to teams from Canada, Sweden and Finland at its national junior evaluation camp this summer.

The camp will be held Aug. 3-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and feature a number of players who will play on their country's team for the 2014 World Junior Championship.

USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp

Aug. 4: USA White vs. Sweden, 1 p.m. ET
Aug. 4: USA Blue vs. Finland, 4 p.m. ET
Aug. 5: USA Blue vs. Sweden, 1 p.m. ET
Aug. 5: USA White vs. Finland, 4 p.m. ET
Aug. 7: Canada vs. Finland, 1 p.m. ET
Aug. 7: USA vs. Sweden, 4:15 p.m. ET
Aug. 8: USA vs. Finland, 1 p.m. ET
Aug. 8: Canada vs. Sweden, 4:15 p.m. ET
Aug. 10: USA vs. Canada, 1 p.m. ET
Aug. 10: Finland vs. Sweden, 4:15 p.m. ET

USA Hockey announced approximately 45 players will be invited to the camp as the roster takes shape for the tournament, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.

The United States beat Sweden 3-1 in the gold-medal game of the 2013 WJC, held in Ufa, Russia, to win the tournament for the third time.

University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia will coach the U.S. team, with St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko, Boston College associate coach Greg Brown and University of Denver assistant coach David Lassonde serving as assistants.

A roster of players will be announced in June.

Hockey Canada in its announcement said a coach and roster of players would be announced at a later date.

Sweden and Finland will begin practicing in Lake Placid starting Aug. 3, and will play games against a U.S. split squad Aug. 4-5. Traditionally, the United States trims its original roster after the split-squad games.

Canada will arrive in town Aug. 6, after practicing at the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility in Brossard, Quebec, on Aug. 4-5. Starting Aug. 7, each team will play the other once over the following four days, culminating with final-day matches between the United States and Canada and Finland and Sweden.

All games will be played in the historic Herb Brooks Arena, site of the 1980 Olympic "Miracle on Ice" game.


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