Dec. 4, 2013
The 26-man roster will compete at USA Hockey’s training camp at Mariucci Arena Dec. 15-18 with Minnesota head coach Don Lucia serving in the same capacity for this year’s squad. Camp will continue Dec. 19-23 in Angelhom, Sweden with the U.S. program’s final roster will be named Dec. 23. The final roster will then compete for the U.S.’s fourth medal in five years at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014. Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia.
Both Skjei and Fasching are products of the U.S. National Development Team Program (USNDTP) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Skjei, a sophomore defenseman from Lakeville, Minn., has skated in all 14 games for the Gophers this season and has four points (two goals, two assists) this season. Fasching, a freshman forward from Burnsville, Minn., is tied for the Big Ten rookie scoring lead with 14 points this season (six goals, eight assists).
The University of Minnesota has a long history of competing at the World Junior Championships, sending a player or staff member to 36 of 37 tournaments dating back to 1977 and 21-straight events dating back to 1993. Last year, Gopher defenseman Mike Reilly and assistant coach Grant Potulny helped the U.S. team win gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Russia.
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