The 43 invitees for USA Hockey's 2005 National Junior Team Evaluation Camp, to be held Aug. 5-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., were announced yesterday and several Michigan college players will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot for the annual World Junior Championship tournament held at Christmastime.
Of the 43 players, 29 are college players who represent 13 schools, with Michigan (four players) and Michigan State (three players) well accounted for.
Incoming Wolverines defensemen Jack Johnson and Mark Mitera will join future Spartan Brandon Gentile on the blue line along with former MSU defender A.J. Thelen.
Up front, current MSU forward Bryan Lerg and future freshman Justin Abdelkader join Michigan's Chad Kolarik and Kevin Porter.
Michigan recruit Andrew Cogliano was invited to Team Canada's camp as well.
The World Junior tournament will take place Dec. 26, 2005-Jan. 6, 2006 in Vancouver, B.C.