Toronto, ON – USA Hockey today announced out of Colorado Springs that nine CHL players have been named to the preliminary roster for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in a three-day pre-tournament training camp from December 17-19 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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.
CHL Players on Team USA preliminary roster:
Ryan Bourque, Quebec Remparts
A.J. Jenks, Plymouth Whalers
Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs
Philip McRae, London Knights
Jeremy Morin, Kitchener Rangers
Luke Walker, Portland Winterhawks
In addition to those nine players, defenceman John Carlson of the AHL’s Hershey Bears competed for the London Knights last season, and goaltender Jack Campbell of the U.S. National Under-18 Team recently committed to the Windsor Spitfires for the 2010-11 season.
Please visit www.usahockey.com to view the complete roster.
Johnson was a member of Team USA at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships, with Bourque, Morin, Fowler, and Campbell all members of the gold medal winning Under-18 team.
"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."
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 before naming the final team roster.