June 6, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Four forwards from the University of Michigan ice hockey team's 2013-14 roster have been invited to USA Hockey's 2013 National Junior Evaluation Camp today (Thursday, June 6). Sophomores Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich) and Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, NY), along with incoming freshmen J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) will attend the camp at Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 3-10.
Among the 40 players -- 16 defensemen and 24 forwards -- selected for the camp, USA Hockey will choose the bulk of its roster for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which showcases the world's top hockey talent under the age of 20. Goalies will be selected at a later date.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will be hosted in Malmö, Sweden. The 38th annual World Junior Championships begin on Dec. 26, 2013, and will end Jan. 5, 2014.
U-M All-American freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) was named the tournament's Top Defenseman in 2013 in Ufa, Russia, helping Team USA win the Gold Medal. Trouba was the lone freshman to be named first team All-American in 2013 and was the first Wolverine freshman to earn that honor in the program's history. Trouba signed with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL in early April.
The final 23-man roster for Team USA will be selected between the end of the tryout camp and early December. The training camp will feature a series of intra-squad scrimmages as well as exhibition games against under-20 teams from Canada and Sweden.
Thirty-one former Wolverines have skated for Team USA in the WJC.
Contact: Dave Ablauf, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423