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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wohlberg, Brown World Junior-bound?

Michigan Press Release

Sophomore forward David Wohlberg and freshman forward Chris Brown of the University of Michigan hockey team have been chosen for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster, USA Hockey announced Wednesday morning.

Additionally, recruit Jon Merrill, a defenseman for U-M starting in 2010-11, was picked for the team.

Wohlberg (pictured), Brown and Merrill are three of 29 players (16 forwards, 11 defensemen, two goalies) that will take part in a three-day pre-tournament training camp from Dec. 17-19 in Grand Forks, N.D. Following exhibition games against North Dakota on Dec. 19 and the Czech Republic on Dec. 22, the final U.S. roster will be set for the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which is being played Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan. The world's top players born in 1990 or later will represent their respective national teams.

Wohlberg has yet to compete in an IIHF World Junior Championship. He skated in the 2008 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp and was invited to the 2009 U.S. NJEC but was unable to participate. Wohlberg spent two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program (2006-08), where he won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Brown has not skated for Team USA's World Junior Team. He did compete for Team USA at last spring's 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, winning a gold medal alongside Merrill. Brown spent two seasons with the U.S. NTDP from 2007-09.

A total of 28 current or former Wolverines have skated for Team USA in the WJC, including at least one representative from U-M in each of the past 11 years. Matt Rust and Aaron Palushaj were members of the U.S. roster at the 2009 WJC. Chris Summers and Rust were on the 2008 U.S. squad.

Wohlberg and Brown will remain with the Wolverines through the next two weekend series against Ohio State (Dec. 4-5) and Notre Dame (Dec. 11-13). They could potentially miss U-M's two contests during the Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 29-30).

Photo courtesy UM Photo Services

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