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Dubinsky Invited to Attend U.S. Nat'l Jr. Evaluation Camp

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Courtesy of USA Hockey

USA Hockey announced today the 43-man roster for its 2005 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York, which will be held from August 5-14. Participating players are candidates for the 2006 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, December 26, 2005 to January 5, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Included on the camp roster was New York Rangers 2004 second round draft choice (60th overall) Brandon Dubinsky, who spent the 2004-05 season with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.

Highlighting the list of invitees are nine players returning from the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team that finished fourth at the IIHF World Junior Championship last year. In addition, 13 players from the World Champion 2005 U.S. National Under-18 Team are among the group of 43 players invited to the camp, which will feature eight international scrimmages with a split squad of the best American players under the age of 20 facing off against Sweden and Finland.

Former Rangers Assistant Coach and current Northern Michigan University (CCHA) Head Coach Walt Kyle will serve as Team USA's Head Coach.

The U.S. Camp opens on August 5, with the first games set for August 9. 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.

NOTES: The University of Michigan, which had five players on last year's National Junior Team, will send four players to this year's camp. The University of North Dakota will also send four players, including 2005 returnee Brian Lee ... USA Hockey National Team Development Program player Peter Mueller is the youngest player invited to the camp ... Camp invitee Tom Fritsche (Parma, Ohio) is the younger brother of two-time U.S. National Junior Team member Dan Fritsche.

2005 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp :: Game Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 9:
USA Blue vs. Finland / 4:00 p.m. (NHL Rink)
USA White vs. Sweden / 7:00 p.m. (NHL Rink)

Wednesday, Aug. 10:
USA White vs. Finland / 4:00 p.m. (NHL Rink)
USA Blue vs. Sweden / 7:00 p.m. (NHL Rink)

Friday, Aug. 12:
USA Blue vs. Finland / 4:00 p.m. (1980 Rink)
USA White vs. Sweden / 700 p.m. (1980 Rink)

Saturday, Aug. 13:
USA Blue vs. Sweden / 1:00 p.m. (180 Rink)
USA White vs. Finland / 4:00 p.m. (1980 Rink)
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