LAKE PLACID - Thirty-one of the 44 players in attendance at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp remained in the Olympic Village to face Canada, Finland and Sweden in exhibition games.
The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and competition level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. "The players released will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."
Among those staying were goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine, Providence College), defenseman Pat Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and forward Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa., Miami University), who were members of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Team USA was scheduled to play Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 7, Finland on Thursday, Aug. 8 and Canada on Saturday, Aug. 10. All games are played at the Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
Tickets are available online, by calling 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office. A single-day ticket, which includes two games, is available to adults for $15, while students (17-and-under) and seniors (65-and-older) are $10. A full-session pass, which includes 10 games, is $70 for adults and $45 for students and seniors.
NOTES: All games from the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on-demand on usahockey.fasthockey.com ... The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-18 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team, and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant coach of the University of Denver's men's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches. The video coordinator is Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year.