June 18, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Four student-athletes from the University of Michigan ice hockey team's 2014-15 roster have been invited to USA Hockey's 2014 National Junior Evaluation Camp today (Wednesday, June 18). Sophomore forwards JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.), incoming freshman forward Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and sophomore defenseman Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) will attend the camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. from Aug. 2-9.
The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will run from Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. The World Junior Championship showcases the world's top hockey talent under the age of 20. Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was selected for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. In five games, Copp led the team with five assists and had a plus-3 rating, but Team USA fell to Russia, 5-3, in the quarterfinal round. Finland won the gold medal with a 3-2, overtime win over Sweden on Jan. 5.
From the pool of 42 players invited to the evaluation camp, USA Hockey will make its first round of cuts before training camp in December. The August evaluation camp will feature a series of intra-squad practices and scrimmages as well as exhibition games against under-20 teams from Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. The final 23-man roster for Team USA will be selected at the end of training camp in mid-December.
Thirty-two former Wolverines have skated for Team USA in the World Junior Championships. The United States has medaled in three of the last five IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.