Twenty-nine players have been named to USA Hockey's preliminary roster for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team.The members of that roster will attend a three-day pre-tournament training camp Dec. 17-19 in Grand Forks, N.D., after which the final roster will be set.
The 2010 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask.
The training camp will be highlighted with an exhibition game against the University of North Dakota men's ice hockey team on Dec. 19. Following the camp, a reduced roster will be play the Czech Republic on Dec. 22 in Regina, Sask., in Team USA's final exhibition game.
"We are very excited about this group of players and their performance leading up to the tournament," said Dean Blais, head coach of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team. "Selecting our final team from this list will be difficult, and we're looking forward to Grand Forks to help us get a clearer picture on the team's final makeup."
Also, nine players from the gold medal-winning 2009 U.S. National Under-18 Team have made the preliminary roster, including forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Chris Brown (Houston, Texas/University of Michigan), Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.); defensemen Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.), and John Ramage (St. Louis, Mo./University of Wisconsin); and goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.).
For the full preliminary roster and more on the 2010 National Junior Team, visit www.usahockey.com.