By @MichaelCaples –
Monday marked the start of games for Team USA at the World Junior Summer Showcase out in Kamloops, B.C.
Like previous years, USA Hockey has started with split squads at the prestigious summer event, giving more players the opportunity to impress the coaching staff in hopes of making the World Junior team this season.
Here are the Michigan names on the rosters:
- Evan Barratt – USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program alum
- Sasha Chmelevski – Northville
- Logan Cockerill – Brighton; U.S. NTDP alum
- Paul Cotter – Canton
- Sean Dhooghe – U.S. NTDP alum
- David Farrance – U.S. NTDP alum
- Johnny Gruden – Rochester Hills; U.S. NTDP alum
- Logan Hutsko – U.S. NTDP alum
- Brandon Kruse – Saline
- K’Andre Miller – U.S. NTDP alum
- Tommy Miller – West Bloomfield; Michigan State
- Keith Petruzzelli – Detroit Red Wings prospect
- Alec Regula – West Bloomfield; Detroit Red Wings prospect
- Brady Tkachuk – U.S. NTDP alum
- Jake Wise – U.S. NTDP alum
- Cole Coskey – Saginaw Spirit
- Quinn Hughes – University of Michigan
- Jack Hughes – U.S. NTDP
- Joel Farabee – U.S. NTDP alum
- Spencer Knight – U.S. NTDP
- Ivan Lodnia – Novi
- Grant Mismash – U.S. NTDP alum
- Josh Norris – Oxford; University of Michigan
- Jason Robertson – Northville
- Mattias Samuelsson – U.S. NTDP alum
- Oliver Wahlstrom – U.S. NTDP alum
Additionally, Green Bay Gamblers coach and Hancock native Pat Mikesch will be on the Team White bench during the event.
The boys on Team White fared better than their counterparts in the first day of action, as they topped Finland 5-2 in the latter of the two U.S. contests.
Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Coskey scored, while Novi native Ivan Lodnia added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the U.S. squad.
Team Blue lost 3-1 to Sweden in the opening game, but a few Michigan names stood out.
Canton native Paul Cotter – a recent draft pick of the Las Vegas Golden Knights – scored at the 14:00 mark of the first period for Team Blue. Check out the goal below, as the incoming Western Michigan forward shows off his scoring touch.
Red Wings prospect and former Muskegon Lumberjacks goaltender Keith Petruzzelli was impressive, as well. The Quinnipiac netminder was named Team USA’s MVP in the contest after he stopped 32 of the 35 shots sent his way to finish with a .914 save percentage on the day.