Bjugstad, Rau Named To Team USA

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Sophomore Nick Bjugstad and freshman Kyle Rau were named to the roster for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team today. Bjugstad and Rau are part of the 22-man roster that will represent the United States at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.

Team USA will look to earn its third straight medal after capturing the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., and the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask.

Bjugstad and Rau were two of 28 players who gathered for a camp in Camrose, Alta., on Dec. 17. Neither Bjugstad or Rau played in Team USA's exhibition loss to Russia on Dec. 20, while Rau did play in an exhibition win against Switzerland on Dec. 21. The final exhibition game of camp is Dec. 23 against Slovakia.

Bjugstad helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal at last year's World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. He had two goals and two assists in six WJC games a year ago. Both of his goals were game-winners, as he scored the overtime game-winning goal against Finland and then scored the game-winning goal in the bronze medal game against Sweden.

Bjugstad is tied for fourth in the nation in points (27) and is tied for second in goals (16). He has registered at least one point in 15 of Minnesota's 20 games this year. Bjugstad will wear No. 27 for Team USA.

Rau, who leads all freshmen nationally in points (22) and goals (12), has points in 14 of 20 games this year. He is tied for first in the nation with five game-winning goals. Rau will wear No. 20 for Team USA.

Nick Bjugstad's International Resume: Participated in the 2011 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in August in Lake Placid, N.Y. He represented the United States at the 2011 World Junior Championship where he had two goals and two assists in six games for the bronze-winning U.S. squad. Both of his goals were game-winning goals, as he scored the overtime winner against Finland (12/26) and the goal that secured the bronze medal for the U.S. against Sweden (1/5). He participated in the 2010 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. and led Team USA with seven goals in seven games. He represented the United States at the 2008 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia and at the 2009 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia.

Kyle Rau's International Resume: Competed for the United States Under-18 Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Piestany, Slovakia, where recorded an assist and had a plus/minus of +1 in three games.

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