Dec. 4, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Sophomore forward Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman forwards JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) of the University of Michigan ice hockey team have been selected for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster, USA Hockey announced Wednesday (Dec. 4). The team will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
Copp, Compher and Motte are three of 26 players that will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations continuing in Angelholm, Sweden, before the final 23-man roster is announced Dec. 23. The camp will include exhibition contests against Minnesota State on Dec. 17 in Mankato, Minn., and against Sweden and Finland on Dec. 20 and 22, respectively, in Angelholm.
All three Michigan forwards participated in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this past August in Lake Placid, N.Y. Copp leads Michigan with eight goals on the season and is second on the team with 13 points. Compher leads Michigan and all Big Ten freshmen in scoring with 14 points (five goals, nine assists). Motte has seven points (five goals, two assists), including two game-winning goals.
Twenty-nine former Wolverines have skated for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, including Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, who helped the United States capture the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Trouba was named the tournament's best defenseman and finished with nine points (4g, 5a) in seven games. Team USA has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, earning gold in 2013 and 2010 as well as bronze in 2011.
If selected for Team USA's final roster, Copp, Compher and Motte would miss the Great Lakes Invitational(Dec. 27-28). They would return to face Wisconsin in Madison on Jan. 10-11.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423