"As a staff, we've been extremely impressed by the level of competition and commitment to learn that this group has shown through our first four days together," said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team and also assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "As we told the players, this camp is the first step in selecting 23 players who will represent the United States in one of the biggest hockey tournaments in the world and these roster decisions are just a part of the process. History's shown that being here does not guarantee an invitation in December, so we're excited to see all of these players, as well as some who weren't here, throughout the fall as we continue our evaluation process as a staff."
The U.S. returns to game action tomorrow (July 30) when it takes on Canada at 4 p.m. ET here at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Tickets for the game are $10 and available at the USA Hockey Arena Box Office (14900 Beck Road, Plymouth, Michigan) or by calling (734) 453-8400 or at USAHockeyArena.com.
The 31 players consists of 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders. Among the remaining U.S. players are 11 first-round NHL Draft picks, including two top-10 selections in forwards Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill./LAK, 2019, 5th overall) and Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y./ANA, 2019, 9th overall).
Through two days of competition, forward John Beecher (Elmira, N.Y./U.S. National Under-18 Team) leads all skaters with four points and three goals while defenseman Christian Krygier (Novi, Mich./Michigan State University) holds an event-high three assists. In net, Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./U.S. National Under-18 Team) ranks second with a 1.00 goals against average and .963 save percentage while Dustin Wolf (Tustin, Calif./Everett Silvertips) sits third with a 1.92 goals against average and .949 save percentage. For full player statistics, click here.
The six-game NHL Network coverage begins on Wednesday (July 31), when Canada meets Finland at 1 p.m. ET followed by USA taking on Sweden at 4 p.m. ET. Game action will resume on Friday (Aug. 2) with Canada vs. Sweden at 1 p.m. ET followed by USA vs. Finland at 4 p.m. ET in a rematch of the gold-medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Event competition will conclude on Saturday (Aug. 3) with back-to-back rivalry games as Sweden meets Finland at 1 p.m. ET followed by USA vs. Canada at 4 p.m. ET.
|Friday, July 26||USA Blue vs. USA White||USAW, 1-0 (SO)||HockeyTV||Free Admission|
|Saturday, July 27||USA White vs. Finland||FIN, 3-2||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, July 27||USA Blue vs. Sweden||USAB, 4-2||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Sunday, July 28||USA Blue vs. Finland||USAB, 7-1||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Sunday, July 28||USA White vs. Sweden||SWE, 2-1 (OT)||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Tuesday, July 30||Canada vs. USA||CAN, 4-1||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Wednesday, July 31||Canada vs. Finland||FIN, 8-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Wednesday, July 31||USA vs. Sweden||USA, 6-0||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Friday, August 2||Sweden vs. Canada||CAN, 5-2||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Friday, August 2||Finland vs. USA||FIN, 6-5||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, August 3||Sweden vs. Finland||SWE, 6-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, August 3||USA vs. Canada||USA, 5-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
Notes: The Showcase serves as an audition for players seeking to make their federation team that will compete at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic ...For a complete schedule with practice times, click here ... Of the 31 remaining players, 16 have skated at least one full season with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which is based out of USA Hockey Arena ... Including the rosters of the four participating teams in the World Junior Summer Showcase, 105 of the 120 players participating have been drafted by an NHL team, including 33 first-round selections ... John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) is the general manager of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team ... Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team with David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.), Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio), Brett Larson (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Jerry Keefe (Saugus, Mass.) serving as assistant coaches ... Join the conversation by using the official hashtag #WJSS.