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WJC Notebook: Players Benefit From Experienced Coaches

By, 12/17/15, 12:00PM EST


Head Coach Ron Wilson and assistant Chris Chelios bring years of NHL knowledge

The big names behind the bench are proving to be a bonus to the players at the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team Camp in Boston.

Head Coach Ron Wilson, one of the winningest coaches in NHL history, and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Chelios have brought their wealth of experience to Team USA.

"You learn a lot from him," said forward Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) "It's great for our team to learn from him and I'm excited to see what he has to offer."

In addition to another round of intrasquad scrimmaging, the practice included the camp's first shootout as well as one-timer drills, rebound drills and some center-ice three-on-three battles.

A major step in the process toward a final roster takes place Friday when the U.S. squad faces UMass-Amherst at Mullins Center at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here. The game will be streamed live online here.  

The 28 players vying for a position on the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team have been observed by fans, NHL scouts, and several other individuals including Pierre McGuire from NBC Universal, 1980 gold medalist Mike Eruzione, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and Stanley Cup champion, Brian Leech, former Boston University men’s ice hockey coach Jack Parker, and current BU men’s coach David Quinn, to name a few.

The U.S. camp players and staff will attend the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony on tonight in Boston. To learn more about the induction, please visit  

The camp is being staged at Agganis Arena on the Boston University campus. Current BU players here at camp include defensemen Brandon Fortunato (Albertson, N.Y.) and Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.). Additionally, BU commits Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.), Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) are in attendance and enjoying the opportunity to be here on campus.

USA Hockey will announce the final roster for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team by Dec. 24 … Use the hashtag #USAWJC on Twitter to join the conversation about the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team … Following its time in Boston, the U.S. will move to Vierumaki, Finland, where it will continue preparations for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will include a game against Finland on Dec. 22 … Ron Wilson (Riverside, R.I.) is head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Wilson, who directed the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in wins, and is the all-time winningest American coach in NHL history … The assistant coaches for Team USA are Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill./Detroit Red Wings), Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich./USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program) and Kevin Reiter (Pittsburgh, Pa./USA’s Hockey’s NTDP) …Nick Siergiej (South Bend, Ind./University of Notre Dame) is the video coordinator … Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the seventh consecutive year … Ryan Martin (Simsbury, Conn./Detroit Red Wings) and Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass./USA Hockey) are assisting with player evaluation during the Boston training camp ... USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, the U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden. All U.S. games will be broadcast live on NHL Network. For more information about the tournament, please click here.

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Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Location Result U.S. Player of the Game
Sat., Dec. 26 Canada Helsinki Ice Hall W, 4-2 Colin White
Mon., Dec. 28 Sweden Helsinki Ice Hall L, 0-1 Zach Werenski
Wed., Dec. 30 Switzerland Helsinki Ice Hall W, 10-1 Auston Matthews
Thu., Dec. 31 Denmark Helsinki Ice Hall W, 4-1 Brandon Carlo
Sat., Jan. 2 Czech Republic
Helsinki Ice Hall W, 7-0 Nick Schmaltz
Mon., Jan. 4 Russia
Hartwall Arena L, 1-2 Christian Dvorak
Tues. , Jan. 5 Sweden
Bronze Medal Game
Hartwall Arena W, 8-3 Anders Bjork

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