Three Tier 3 Junior Hockey Alumni Selected to the USA Hockey 29 Man National Junior Preliminary Team
USA Hockey released the players selected for the 29 man preliminary roster for the 2016 US National Junior team, with three former Tier 3 Junior Hockey players making the cut.
Two former New Jersey Rockets (MJHL) skaters, Charlie McAvoy and Ryan Hitchcock will make their way to Boston University on December 14th for training camp. With them will be former Metro Jets (NA3HL) Forward Alex Nedeljkovic.
Hitchcock (1996) played his 2011-12 campaign on the Rockets MJHL roster, where he earned 19 goals and 29 assists through 24 games. Hitchcock went on to play two seasons in the US National Development Program before beginning his NCAA career on the Yale University Bulldogs roster.
Charlie McAvoy (1997) joined the Rockets MJHL the following season, logging 15 goals and 39 assists through 42 games. McAvoy went on to play on the US National Development Team for two seasons before joining the Boston University roster for the 2015-16 season.
Also playing Tier 3 during the 2012-13 season was Alex Nedeljkovic (1996), goaltender for the NA3HL Metro Jets. Nedeljkovic went 5-3-0 with the Jets and earned a 2.49gaa and a .933 save percentage. Nedejkovic went on to play a season on the USA U18 team, participating in the World Junior Championship in 2014, earning Best GAA (1.84) honors and a Gold Medal. He then went on to play in the OHL in 2014, earning goaltender of the year honors.
Hitchcock, McAvoy, Nedelikovic and 26 other players will train in Boston from December 14-18th, followed by an additional training camp in Finland from December 19-24th. The final 23 man roster will be named on December 24th.
The World Junior Championships will take place Dec 26-Jan 5th in Helsinki Finland.
USA Game Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Sat., Dec. 26 Canada Helsinki Ice Hall 8:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. EST
Mon., Dec. 28 Sweden Helsinki Ice Hall 4:00 p.m/9:00 a.m.EST
Wed., Dec. 30 Switzerland Helsinki Ice Hall 8:00 p.m./1:00 p.m EST
Thu., Dec. 31 Denmark Helsinki Ice Hall 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m/EST