USA Hockey today announced the final 22-player roster for the 2004 United States National Junior Team, which will compete at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from December 26, 2003 through January 5, 2004 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
Included on the roster are two Rangers defensemen prospects - Corey Potter (Michigan State University) and Dylan Reese (Harvard University).
Potter, New York's fourth round draft choice (122nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has skated in all 18 games to date, registering three assists in his sophomore season. In 2002-03, Potter appeared in 35 games with the Spartans, colecting four goals and four assists foe eight points.
The 6-3, 186-pounder attended the 2003 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, which was held from August 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Prior to his arrival at Michigan State, the Mason, Michigan native spent two years (2000-02) with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. He was also a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning team at the 2002 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Piestany, Slovakia.
Reese, the Rangers' seventh round draft choice (209th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared in six games at Harvard University in his freshman season. He has been a significant contributor to Harvard's defense this season, which ranks fifth in the country (2.08 GAA).
The 6-1, 200-pounder is the 18th Crimson skater to be named to the U.S. Junior National Team.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Reese, who also attended the 2003 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in August, served as an alternate captain with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) last season. In 56 games, he tallied 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points, along with 98 penalty minutes to help lead the club to the NAHL regular season crown, the playoff championship and the USA Hockey national championship.