USHL Players Earn Invite to National Junior Evaluation Camp
Monday June 18, 2012
Fargo Force defenseman Brian Cooper, Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Andy Welinski, and Indiana Ice forward Sean Kuraly are among the invitees to the National Junior Evaluation Camp. (photos by mJoy Photography, Marshall Art Photography, and Whiteshark Photography)
USA Hockey revealed its list of 46 players who have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp which takes place this August in Lake Placid, New York. Among the invitees are 36 players with USHL experience.
The camp is an opportunity for players to audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament from December 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. Team has won a medal in two of the last three years at the tournament.
A total of 17 of the 36 players who spent time in the USHL have been selected in the NHL Draft, including 2011-12 USHL Defenseman of the Year Andy Welinski from the Green Bay Gamblers (Anaheim Ducks, 2011 NHL Draft). Joining Welinski are Green Bay teammates and fellow All-USHL First Team selections Jordan Schmaltz and Alex Broadhurst. All-USHL Second Team selections Sean Kuraly of the Indiana Ice and Brian Cooper of the Fargo have also been invited to the camp. It is the second consecutive year that Cooper has earned an invite to the Evaluation Camp.
USHL alumni John Gaudreau (Boston College) and Joakim Ryan (Cornell University), who helped the Dubuque Fighting Saints capture the Clark Cup in 2011, will also be at the camp in Lake Placid.
Defensemen Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones lead a group of 10 invitees from Team USA’s Under-18 squad that played in the USHL this season.
The National Junior Evaluation Camp is set for August 4-11 and will include practices, training, scrimmages, and exhibition games against Sweden and Finland.
USHL Players on Evaluation Camp Roster
John Gibson – Team USA (2009-11)
Jon Gillies – Indiana Ice (2010-12)
Connor Carrick – Team USA (2010-12)
Brian Cooper – Fargo Force (2009-12)
Matt Grzelcyk – Team USA (2010-12)
Garrett Haar – Fargo Force (2010-11)
Seth Jones – Team USA (2010-12)
Jake McCabe – Team USA (2009-11)
Connor Murphy – Team USA (2009-11)
Mike Paliotta – Team USA (2009-11)
Robbie Russo – Team USA (2009-11)
Joakim Ryan – Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11)
Jordan Schmaltz – Green Bay Gamblers/Sioux City Musketeers (2010-12)
Patrick Sieloff – Team USA (2010-12)
Brady Skjei – Team USA (2010-12)
Jacob Trouba – Team USA (2010-12)
Andy Welinski – Green Bay Gamblers (2010-12)
Cole Bardreau – Team USA (2009-11)
Tyler Biggs – Team USA (2009-11)
Reid Boucher – Team USA (2009-11)
Travis Boyd – Team USA (2009-11)
Alex Broadhurst – Green Bay Gamblers (2010-12)
Thomas DiPauli – Team USA (2010-12)
Steve Fogarty – Chicago Steel (2010-11)
John Gaudreau – Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11)
Rocco Grimaldi – Team USA (2009-11)
Ryan Hartman – Team USA (2010-12)
Nicolas Kerdiles – Team USA (2010-12)
Sean Kuraly – Indiana Ice (2010-12)
Mario Lucia – Team USA (2010-11)
Stefan Matteau – Team USA (2010-12)
J.T. Miller – Team USA (2009-11)
Logan Nelson – Des Moines Buccaneers (2010-11)
Blake Pietila – Team USA (2009-11)
Adam Reid – Team USA (2009-11)
Henrik Samuelsson – Team USA (2010-11)
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and over 270 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL is emerging as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action online all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com)
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