Sieloff, Gillies return to United States National Junior Evaluation Camp
CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames prospects Patrick Sieloff and Jon Gillies may have the opportunity to defend the Americans World Junior Championship title after earning invites to the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp later this summer.
Both were part of the 2013 USA squad that captured gold last January in Ufa, Russia. The pair and forward Riley Barber are the only three returnees from last year's team that have been invited to the camp. Sieloff suited up for six games in last year's tournament, notching one assist, while Gillies, who acted as Jon Gibson's back-up, played one period early in the tournament, stopping all seven shots the Germans threw at him.
The annual camp, which takes place Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, NY, is a chance for invitees to audition for a spot on the American 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship team. The tournament will be held in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.
The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, which will be coached by University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia, will be selected following a pre-tournament camp that that will be held Dec. 15-18 in Minnesota.
Sieloff, an Ann Arbor, MI native, spent the 2012-13 season with the Windsor Spitfires after opting to head to the OHL rather than going down the collegiate path. While he was limited to 45 games due to injuries, Sieloff made quite the impression in his first season in the league. At the Spits year-end awards, he was named the Tim Horton's Best Defenceman of the Year, shared the Scott Miller Award with draft-eligible forward Kerby Rychel and claimed the Jake Pollen Hardest Working Spitfire of the Year award.
The Flames selected Sieloff in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Gillies was the Providence College Friars starting goaltender in his freshman season, going 17-12-6 with 2.08 GAA and a .931 save percentage. His prowess played a big role in Providence's success this past season as all 17 of the Friars victories came with the 19 year-old in net. His performance earned him multiple accolades over the course of the season and he was named Hockey East's Rookie of Year, Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) named Gillies the National Division I Rookie of the Year and the College Hockey News Rookie of the Year.
Calgary drafted the South Portland, ME product in the third round (75th overall) in 2012.
FULL LIST OF USA NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP INVITEES
FORWARDS: *Justin Bailey, Kitchener, OHL; Riley Barber, Miami University, CCHA (Washington); *Taylor Cammarata, Waterloo, USHL; *J.T. Compher, USNTDP, USHL; *Andrew Copp, Michigan, CCHA; Thomas DiPauli, Notre Dame, CCHA (Washington); *Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL; *Hudson Fasching, USNTDP, USHL: *Jake Guentzel, Sioux City, USHL; *John Hayden, USNTDP, USHL; Vince Hinostroza, Waterloo, USHL (Chicago); Nicolas Kerdiles, Wisconsin, WCHA (Anaheim); *Matt Lane, Boston University (HEA); *Jimmy Lodge, Saginaw, OHL; Stefan Matteau, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL (New Jersey); *Michael McCarron, USNTDP, USHL; *Tyler Motte, USNTDP, USHL; Cristoval Nieves, Michigan, CCHA (N.Y. Rangers); Dan O'Regan, Boston University, HEA (San Jose); Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton, WHL (Phoenix); *Quentin Shore, Denver, WCHA; Zach Stepan, Waterloo, USHL (Nashville); Brady Vail, Windsor, OHL (Montreal); Dominic Toninato, Fargo, USHL (Toronto).
DEFENCEMEN: *Gage Ausmus, USNTDP, USHL; Dylan Blujus, North Bay, OHL (Tampa Bay); *Mike Brodzinski, Muskegon, USHL; *Will Butcher, USNTDP, USHL; Connor Carrick, Plymouth, OHL (Washington); *Connor Clifton, USNTDP, USHL; Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia, OHL; Nick Ebert, Windsor, OHL (Los Angeles); Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University, HEA (Boston); *Ian McCoshen, Waterloo, USHL; *Brett Pesce, New Hampshire, HEA; *Steve Santini, USNTDP, USHL; Patrick Sieloff, Windsor, OHL (Calgary); Brady Skjei, Minnesota, WCHA (N.Y. Rangers); *Keaton Thompson, USNTDP, USHL; *Thomas Vannelli, USNTDP, USHL.
GOALIES: Jon Gillies, Providence College, HEA (Calgary); Thatcher Demko, USNTDP, USHL; Collin Olson, Ohio State University, Big Ten (Carolina); Anthony Stolarz, London, OHL (Philadelphia).
* eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft