Aug. 1: Day Four

After back-to-back game days, the U.S. will have a day off from games. The team will gather in the morning for breakfast and lunch before departing for the rink for practice from 4:15-5:45 p.m. Starting the practice time will be the U.S. net minders from 4:15-4:45 followed by a full team skate from 4:45-5:45 p.m

The U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase has been trimmed to 29 players for the final four days of the camp.
     "There is a lot of talent, skill and depth in this group and we've enjoyed the character and intensity they've shown here these first four days of camp," said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team and also assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "Overall, we've been pleased and I know Coach (Mike) Hastings is looking forward to getting behind the bench for these final three games. As we've seen over the years, decisions made today don't dictate decisions in December, and we look forward to continue evaluating all players originally invited, as well as some who weren't invited, throughout the fall."

John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.), general manager of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, will have media availability today at 12:30 p.m. in the mixed zone at Sandman Centre. Vanbiesbrouck, who is serving on a U.S. national team staff for the first time, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and has previously represented the United States as a player on nine occasions, including the Olympic Winter Games in 1998; two Canada Cups (1987, 1991), four men's world championships (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991) and two world junior championships (1982, 1983).

Yesterday, USA Blue and USA White each earned victories here tonight in day two of game action at the World Junior Summer Showcase. USA Blue opened the day with a 3-2 win over Canada White behind a two-goal effort from Sasha Chmelevski (Northville, Mich.) and 23-save performance by Kyle Keyser (Coral Springs, Fla.), while USA White closed out the action with a 7-5 win over Canada Red that included a pair of goals from Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and a late game-winning goal by Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.). For recaps of both victories and highlights, click here.

NHL Network will televise live the final three days of games at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, B.C. The six-game NHL Network coverage begins tomorrow (Aug. 2) with USA-Sweden at 4 p.m. ET and Canada-Finland at 9 p.m., while on Friday (Aug. 3), fans will see USA vs. Finland at 4 p.m. and Canada vs. Sweden at 9 p.m. NHL Network’s Showcase coverage closes with two of the biggest rivalry games in the sport on Saturday (Aug. 4) with USA taking on Canada at 5 p.m. and Sweden facing Finland at 8 p.m. For the full U.S. 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase schedule, click here.