Forty-four of the top American players born in 2002 or later are on their way to USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. for the 2021 World Junior Summer Showcase, fighting for a chance to make the final U.S. roster that will compete in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The hockey world is beginning to return to normal after more than a year of COVID restriction and limitations, and this camp will be no different. For the first time since 2019, the showcase will feature international teams from Finland and Sweden and will be open to the public.
USA Hockey will split the 44 players among two squads, USA White and USA Blue, and will play games against Finland and Sweden. All games will be streamed live on Hockey TV. Five returners from the gold medal-winning 2021 U.S. National Junior Team are expected to be skating in the showcase including Brett Berard, Brock Faber, Tyler Kleven, Jake Sanderson and Landon Slaggert. Goaltender Drew Commesso most recently skated with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
Twenty-five players invited to the showcase are also hoping to hear their names called in the 2021 NHL Draft. Due to the delayed NHL season, the Draft and Showcase will overlap this year, leading to some players potentially skating in morning practice when they are selected on Saturday. Players and team officials will join together Friday night to watch the NHL Draft live in a closed event.
Eighteen players were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, including Sanderson who was selected fifth overall by the Ottawa Senators. Forty players are committed or have already played college hockey, including 10 members of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 and Under-17 teams.
Staff will have nine days of camp to evaluate players hoping to make the U.S. National Junior Team. John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) is serving as general manager of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team, with Providence College men’s ice hockey head coach Nate Leaman (Providence, R.I.) at the helm on the bench. They are joined again by last year’s staff of assistant coaches Ted Donato (Scituate, Mass.), Kris Mayotte (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Steve Miller (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Theresa Feaster (Providence, R.I.).
|DATE||GAME||TIME (ET)||TICKETS||BROADCAST||GAME STATS|
|Saturday, July 24||Finland vs. Sweden||5:00 p.m.||Day 1 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Sunday, July 25||USA White vs. Finland||1:00 p.m.||Day 2 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|USA Blue vs. Sweden||4:00 p.m.||Day 2 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Tuesday, July 27||Sweden vs. USA White||1:00 p.m.||Day 3 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Finland vs. USA Blue||4:00 p.m.||Day 3 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Wednesday, July 28||USA White vs. Finland||1:00 p.m.||Day 4 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|USA Blue vs. Sweden||4:00 p.m.||Day 4 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Friday, July 30||USA White vs. Finland||1:00 p.m.||Day 5 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|USA Blue vs. Sweden||4:00 p.m.||Day 5 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Saturday, July 31||Sweden vs. USA White||1:00 p.m.||Day 6 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|
|Finland vs. USA Blue||4:00 p.m.||Day 6 Pass||Live Stream||Click Here|