Dec. 26, 2013
MALMO, Sweden -- Sophomore forward Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) of the University of Michigan ice hockey team was named alternate captain for Team USA in the upcoming World Junior Championship. Copp was one of 23 players selected for the final roster as the U.S. begins defense of its gold medal against Czech Republic today (Thursday, Dec. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. EST).
"It means a lot, wearing the USA sweater," Copp said. "After two years (in the U.S. NTDP program), you take it for granted a little bit, representing your country. It's just an unbelievable experience."
Copp was voted an alternate captain by his teammates during the selection camp.
"It's an honor to have your teammates vote you as a captain," Copp said. "With such a short tournament, leadership is important. Knowing these guys, it obviously helped. To wear a letter in this type of tournament is such an honor."
Copp participated in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this past August in Lake Placid, N.Y. He leads Michigan with nine goals on the season and is tied for first on the team with 14 points. He also leads the Wolverines with three game-winning goals, two of which came in overtime, on Nov. 1 against Michigan Tech and Nov. 29 against Ohio State.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., native joins a list of 30 Wolverines who have skated for Team USA in the World Junior Championship, including Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, who helped the United States capture the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Three Michigan forwards were selected for the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster earlier this month -- Copp, JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.). Compher sustained a left foot injury while participating in training camp with the team in Minneapolis on Dec. 16. Motte continued on with the team to Angelholm, Sweden, for the final stage of the selection camp and was sent home as the last cut from the team on Dec. 25.
Copp will miss the Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 27-28), as the WJC tournament runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. He will return to face Wisconsin on Jan. 10-11 in Madison, Wis.
Team USA's schedule for the World Junior Championship:
|Thu., Dec. 26||Czech Republic||11:30 a.m. ET||TV: NHL Network | Stream: NHL.com|
|Sat., Dec. 28||Slovakia||7:30 a.m. ET||TV: NHL Network | Stream: NHL.com|
|Sun., Dec. 29||Germany||9 a.m. ET||TV: NHL Network | Stream: NHL.com|
|Tue., Dec. 31||Canada||11:30 a.m. ET||TV: NHL Network | Stream: NHL.com|
|Thu., Jan. 2||Quarterfinals||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 4||Semifinals||TBD|
|Sun., Jan. 5||Medal Round||TBD|
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423