The U.S. National Junior Team hit the ice early today for Day 3 of its time in Columbus. After its skate from 8:30-9:45am, the team took part in an intrasquad scrimmage from 4:15-5:15pm at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. After the scrimmage, head coach Bob Motzko announced that Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth) will serve as captain of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team.
ANDERSON NAMED CAPTAIN
A member of last year's gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Anderson was an alternate captain for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team that claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota. To watch the video, click here.
CHANCE TO COMPETE
Tonight’s instrasquad scrimmage was a true chance for the players to get into a competitive game opportunity and impress head coach Bob Motzko and his staff.
“We’re going to let them play and see what they can do,” Coach Motzko said ahead of the scrimmage. “They’ve had a few days to get a sense of what our staff wants, so now we’re going to take the reins off a little bit. I think they’re looking forward to it and I know we are, too, as a staff.”
Grant Potunly (Grand Forks, N.D./Northern Michigan Univ.), who is serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. National Junior Team for the third time, arrives today after leading his Northern Michigan Wildcats men’s ice hockey team to a weekend sweep over WCHA foe Ferris State University. A member of two gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team staffs (2013, 2017), Potulny is in his first season as head coach after serving the past eight seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota.
At Minnesota, he helped the Golden Gophers capture six regular-season conference titles and appear in one NCAA national championship game. As a player, Potulny captained the Gophers for three seasons and helped the team claim two national championships (2002, 2003).
TAKE FIVE: THE ANDERSON BROTHERS
Roseville, Minnesota, brothers and University of Minnesota Duluth teammates Joey and Mikey Anderson, have the opportunity to become the third siblings to play for the U.S. in a single IIHF World Junior Championship. Brothers Neal and Aaron Broten were the first to accomplish the feat in 1979, just one year before Neal went on to be a part of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. The other brothers to skate today were Peter and Chris Ferraro when they skated on both the 1992 and 1993 U.S. National Junior Teams.
The Anderson brothers grew up playing for their father, Gerry, within the Roseville Youth Hockey Organization. Gerry played hockey at the College of the St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where their sister, Sami, also played hockey from 2014-17.
Best Moment In Your Own Playing Career:
Joey: Winning gold last year in the World Junior Championship
Mikey: Winning the World Junior A Challenge last year
Joey: Chicken and rice
Mikey: Steak and potatoes
Describe Yourself As A Player:
Joey: Strong two-way forward that makes smart plays all over the ie and can play any role
Mikey: I’m a defensive defenseman that is physical and hard to play against but can also move the puck
American NHL Player You’d Like To Meet
Joey: Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins
Mikey: Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Three Things You Love About Hockey:
Joey: Scoring, the relationships and winning close games
Mikey: The speed, competitiveness and fans
Best Advice You’ve Been Given:
Joey: Enjoy where you’re at, and don’t worry about where you’re going to be
Mikey: Attention to Detail