A total of 53 players from 17 states, including seven from the CCHA, along with three incoming freshmen, have been invited to the 2008 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 1-9.
Participating players are candidates for the 2009 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009, in Ottawa, Ontario.
The camp will feature practices and eight international games with a split squad of the best American players under the age of 20 facing off against Sweden and Finland.
Michigan forward Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills) and Notre Dame defenseman Ian Cole (Ann Arbor) are among the eight returnees from the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team invited to the camp.
Also highlighting the list of invitees are 13 players from the bronze medal-winning 2008 U.S. National Under-18 Team. That list includes incoming freshman forward Justin Florek (Marquette) from Northern Michigan University along with incoming Michigan forwards Robbie Czarnik (Washington) and David Wohlberg (South Lyon).
The list of 18 defensemen who will be converging on Lake Placid also includes Scooter Vaughan (pictured) of Michigan.
The 30-member group of prospective forwards lists Aaron Palushaj (Northville) from Michigan and Corey Tropp (Grosse Pointe Woods) of Michigan State.
Vaughan photo courtesy UM Photo Services