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U.S. Roster Set for Remainder of Natl Jr Evaluation Camp

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The roster for the 2015 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation has been trimmed to 32 players for the final four days of the camp.

“As a staff, we have been very pleased with the competitiveness of the 39 players in camp,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. “The three remaining games this week provide an opportunity for our head coach, Ron Wilson, to be on the bench with the players to continue to grow our identity and team principles. We will continue to evaluate the players released today along with some others not in Lake Placid throughout the fall.”

The camp continues with practices and games against Finland on Wednesday (Aug. 5), Sweden on Thursday (Aug. 6) and Finland on Saturday (Aug. 8). All contests will be played the Olympic Center’s 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

The players are auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015–Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.

NOTES: Johnathan MacLeod (/Boston University), who helped Boston University reach the NCAA Division I National Championship, will no longer be participating in this week’s camp for precautionary reasons  ,,, Use the hashtag #NJEC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding camp … The online home for the 2015 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, complete with rosters, schedules, stats and news, is available here … All games from the 2015 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on-demand on usahockey.fast.hockey.com … The 2016 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp in December to be held in Boston … At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, the U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden … Ron Wilson (Riverside, R.I.) is head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Wilson directed the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in wins… The assistant coaches for Team USA are Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill./Detroit Red Wings), Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich./USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program) and Kevin Reiter (Pittsburgh, Pa./USA’s Hockey’s NTDP) … Nick Siergiej (South Bend, Ind./University of Notre Dame) is the video coordinator … Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the seventh consecutive year … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

Goaltenders (4)

No.

Full Name

Ht (cm)

Wt (kg)

Birthdate

S/C

Hometown

2014-15 Team

NHL Rights

31 Brandon Halverson*^ 6-3 (191) 205 (93) 3/29/96 L Traverse City, Mich. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) NYR (’14, 2nd rd. 59th ovr.)
35 Kris Oldham 6-2 (188) 226 (103) 6/25/97 L Anchorage, Alaska Omaha Lancers (USHL) TB (’15, 6th rd., 153rd ovr.)
30 Luke Opilka 6-1 (185) 193 (88) 2/27/97 L St. Louis, Mo. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) STL (’15, 5th rd., 146th ovr.)
1 Evan Sarthou 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 9/24/97 L Black Diamond, Wash. Tri-City Americans (WHL) 2016 Draft Eligible

Defensemen (10)

No.

Full Name

Ht (cm)

Wt (kg)

Birthdate

S/C

Hometown

2014-15 Team

NHL Rights

6 Louie Belpedio^ 5-10 (178) 201 (92) 5/14/96 R Skokie, Ill. Miami University (NCHC) MIN (’14, 3rd rd., 80th ovr.)
8 Brandon Carlo*^ 6-4 (193) 203 (92) 11/26/96 R Colorado Springs, Colo. Tri-City Americans (WHL) BOS (’15, 2nd rd., 37th ovr.)
4 Ryan Collins*^ 6-4 (193) 219 (99) 5/6/96 R Bloomington, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten) CBJ (’14, 2nd rd., 47th ovr.)
24 Brandon Fortunato 5-9 (175) 154 (70) 6/7/96 L Albertson, N.Y. Boston University (HEA) 2015 Draft Eligible
7 Noah Hanifin* 6-2 (188) 211 (96) 1/25/97 L Norwood, Mass. Boston College (HEA) CAR (’15, 1st rd., 5th ovr.)
29 Caleb Jones 6-0 (183) 197 (89) 6/6/97 L Frisco, Texas U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) EDM (’15, 4th rd., 117th ovr.)
5 Chad Krys 5-11 (180) 187 (85) 4/10/98 L Ridgefield, Conn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2016 Draft Eligible
28 Charlie McAvoy 6-0 (183) 211 (96) 12/21/97 R Long Beach, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2016 Draft Eligible
2 Jake Walman 6-1 (185) 207 (94) 2/20/96 L Providence, R.I. Providence College (HEA) STL (’14, 3rd rd., 82nd ovr.)
3 Zach Werenski* 6-2 (188) 221 (100) 7/19/97 L Grosse Pointe, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten) CBJ (’15, 1st rd., 8th ovr.)

Forwards (18)

No.

Name

Ht (cm)

Wt (kg)

Birthdate

S/C

Hometown

2014-15 Team

NHL Rights

12 Paul Bittner 6-3 (191) 208 (94) 11/4/96 L Crookston, Minn. Portland Winterhawks (WHL) CBJ (’15, 2nd rd., 38th ovr.)
20 Anders Bjork^ 5-11 (180) 186 (85) 8/5/96 L Mequon, Wis. University of Notre Dame (HEA) BOS (’14, 5th rd., 146th ovr.)
22 Brock Boeser 5-11 (180) 190 (86) 2/25/97 R Burnsville, Minn. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) VAN (’15, 1st rd., 23rd ovr.)
17 Jeremy Bracco 5-9 (175) 171 (77) 3/17/97 R Freeport, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) TOR (’15, 2nd rd., 61st ovr.)
26 Kyle Connor^ 6-1 (185) 178 (81) 12/9/96 L Shelby Township, Mich. Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) WPG (’15, 1st rd., 17th ovr.)
23 Christian Dvorak 6-0 (183) 198 (89) 2/2/96 L Frankfort, Ill. London Knights (OHL) ARZ (’14, 2nd rd., 58th ovr.)
16 Scott Eansor 5-8 (173) 173 (78) 1/3/96 L Englewood, Colo. Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 2015 Draft Eligible
10 Erik Foley 5-11 (180) 191 (87) 6/30/97 L Mansfield, Mass. Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) WPG (’15, 3rd rd., 78th ovr.)
13 Ryan Hitchcock^ 5-8 (173) 175 (79) 3/30/96 L Manhasset, N.Y. Yale University (ECAC Hockey) 2015 Draft Eligible
21 Dylan Larkin*^ 6-0 (183) 199 (90) 7/30/96 L Waterford, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten) DET (’14, 1st rd., 15th ovr.)
19 Auston Matthews*^ 6-1 (185) 210 (95) 9/17/97 L Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2016 Draft Eligible
14 Sonny Milano*^ 5-11 (180) 199 (90) 5/12/96 L Massapequa, N.Y. Plymouth Whalers (OHL) CBJ (’14, 1st rd., 16th ovr.)
25 Jack Roslovic 6-0 (183) 191 (87) 1/29/97 R Columbus, Ohio U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) WPG (’15, 1st rd., 25th ovr.)
18 Nick Schmaltz*^ 5-11 (180) 178 (81) 2/23/96 R Verona, Wis. University of North Dakota (NCHC) CHI (’14, 1st rd., 20th ovr.)
11 Matthew Tkachuk 6-1 (185) 196 (88) 12/11/97 L St. Louis, Mo. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2016 Draft Eligible
15 Alex Tuch*^ 6-3 (191) 224 (101) 5/10/96 R Baldwinsville, N.Y. Boston College (HEA) MIN (’14, 1st rd., 18th ovr.)
9 Dominic Turgeon^ 6-1 (185) 199 (90) 2/25/96 L Cherry Hills, Colo. Portland Winterhawks (WHL) DET (’14, 3rd rd., 63rd ovr.)
27 Colin White 6-0 (183) 187 (85) 1/30/97 R Hanover, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) OTT (’15, 1st rd., 21st ovr.)

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