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."
The U.S. returns to game action tomorrow (Aug. 2) at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C. when it takes on Sweden at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET). On Friday (Aug. 3), the U.S. will face Finland at 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) before closing camp action on Saturday (Aug. 4) against Canada at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET). All three games will be televised live by NHL Network.
The Showcase serves as an audition for players seeking to make their federation team that will compete at the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. For the full U.S. World Junior Summer Showcase schedule, click here.
NOTES: USA White and USA Blue went a combined 3-1 (W-L) over the first two days of competition. For recaps and statistics, click here ... Forward Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn./St. Cloud State University) will continue to skate in practices but not participate in games ... Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team ... The assistant coaches for Team USA are David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.), Steve Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn.) and Jerry Keefe (Saugus, Mass.) ... Chris Clark (South Windsor, Conn.) and Pat Mikesch (Hancock, Mich.) served as guest camp coaches … 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.
|Mon., July 30||USA Blue vs. Sweden||L, 1-3||N/A|
|USA White vs. Finland||W, 5-2||N/A|
|Tues., July 31||Canada White vs. USA Blue||W, 3-2||N/A|
|Canada Red vs. USA White||W, 7-5||N/A|
|Thurs., Aug. 2||USA vs. Sweden||OTW, 5-4||NHL Network|
|Fri., Aug. 3||USA vs. Finland||W, 2-1||NHL Network|
|Sat., Aug. 4||Canada vs. USA||L, 5-6||NHL Network|