Three college players from Michigan are off to the World Junior Hockey Championship later this month as two Wolverines and one Spartan have made the cut, or in one's case, should make the cut.
Michigan sophomore defenseman Jack Johnson was picked to play for Team USA, while classmate and forward Andrew Cogliano received a return invite to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp. He won a gold medal with the team in 2006. The Canada camp goes next week in Calgary.
Michigan State sophomore forward Justin Abdelkader was also named to Team USA.
"It's a great honor to make such a prestigous team," noted Abdelkader, notified on Tuesday of his selection. "I'm looking forward to a great experience in Sweden."
Keith McKittrick, who is the Spartans' video coordinator and assistant to head coach Rick Comley, will serve as the video coordinator for the U.S. World Junior squad.
The World Junior tournament this year is in Leksand and Mora, Sweden, and runs Dec. 26, 2006 - Jan. 5, 2007.