July 23, 2013
By Chad Shepard, U-M Public & Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey has selected its 48 players for invite to the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp, which will be held Aug. 26-27 in Arlington, Va. Three former University of Michigan ice hockey members received invitations: Jack Johnson (2006-07) of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Max Pacioretty (2007-08) of the Montreal Canadiens and Jacob Trouba (2012-13) of the Winnipeg Jets.
The camp will serve as the beginning of the selection process for Team USA in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which are scheduled for Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
The senior member of the group, Johnson was U-M's lone representative in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The third overall selection in 2005, the Indianapolis, Ind., born defenseman scored 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points in just 74 games during his two years in Ann Arbor. The 26-year-old has 39 goals and 157 points at the NHL level, playing for the L.A. Kings, and now serving as a captain for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Pacioretty, a New Canaan, Conn., native, was a first-round selection (22nd overall) in 2007 and tallied 15-24-39 in 37 games his freshman year at Michigan. He has amassed 68 goals and 153 points in 246 games with Montreal, and was a key part of it's playoff run this past season.
Trouba, 19, and fresh off his rookie campaign at Michigan, was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2 defenseman racked up 12-17-29 in 37 games his freshman season, adding 88 penalty minutes. The Rochester, Mich., native was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, first team All-CCHA and was voted the Best Offensive Defenseman in the CCHA last year. Trouba was also named to the CCM Hockey All-American West Team as voted by the American Hockey Coaches Association, making him the first freshman in Michigan hockey history to be named a first team All-American.
Trouba and Pacioretty together make the most recent pair of U-M hockey players to depart Michigan after their freshman seasons despite a five-year gap between their departures. Johnson elected to stay for his sophomore year.
All three athletes have competed internationally representing the United States before; Pacioretty did so in 2008 at the World Junior Championships and at the World Championships in 2012.
Trouba has been busy in international competition since 2011, playing at the World U-17's -- where he won silver; World U-18's -- where he has won gold twice; World Junior Championships -- where he won gold; and most recently in 2013 at the World Championships -- where he won bronze.
Aside from playing on the 2010 silver medal Olympic team in Vancouver, Johnson has played World U-17's; the World U-18's -- where he took home a silver and a gold; the World Junior Championships -- where he earned bronze; and at the World Championships. He has also played 69 games at International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) events, the most of anyone on the invite list.
Team USA will be coached by Pittsburgh bench boss Dan Bylsma. His assistant coaches are fellow Penguins coach Tony Granato, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards. Nashville Predators GM David Poile will assume head GM responsibilities, while Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero will cover associate GM duties.
Carl Hagelin (2007-10) also received an invitation to attend his native Sweden's Olympic Camp. Hagelin will join 34 other Swedes in hope of representing his country. It would mark his Olympic debut, though he has played in the World Junior's for Sweden (2007-08). Hagelin was the first Swede on scholarship for U-M hockey and amassed 61-91-152 in 171 games over four seasons. Hagelin was a sixth-round pick (168th overall) of the New York Rangers in 2007.
Information courtesy of TSN.ca, NHL.com and MGoBlue.com.