The invite list for the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp has been announced and out of the 40 names more than a few stick out. Eighteen of the 40 invited skaters participated in last year’s camp and it’s no surprise to see Tyler Biggs, Rocco Grimaldi and Co. on the list. Other names that grabbed my attention were some of the representatives from the non-traditional hockey markets, Emerson Etem (Long Beach, CA) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, NV). In all, the Evaluation Camp roster includes five kids from California, two from Texas, and one from Nevada. Goaltenders were not announced at this time to the camp, but USA Hockey states that they’ll be named later this month.
The 2011 National Junior Evaluation Camp will take place in Lake Placid, N.Y. in August. The players invited will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. This team will be comprised of the top Under-20 players from across the country. The 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played on, December 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
As a side note, Dan Bylsma, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Mike Sullivan, assistant coach of the New York Rangers, will also participate in Lake Placid as the camp coaches.
Here’s the complete 40 man invite roster.
For more info on the camp, click here.
USA Hockey announced the four goaltenders invited to take part in the National Junior Evaluation Camp. The four invitees are Jack Campbell, John Gibson, Andy Iles and Mac Carruth.