From July 27th through August 4th, prospective players vying for coveted spots on Team USA’s 2024 roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship will be playing games at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan against Sweden and Finland along with an intra-squad game. Junior players can be no older than 20 as of December 31st. These games, which will see the USA squad split into two teams, White and Blue, will help determine Team USA’s final roster for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship. The World Junior Championships will be held from December 26, 2023, through January 5, 2024, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Denver’s David Carle will be leading Team USA, the first time a University of Denver head coach has held the role since Marshall Johnston led the Americans in 1977, the first-ever official WJC. Carle will be assisted by John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich./USA Hockey) who will act as the general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team for the sixth straight year. They have invited 44 players – including five goaltenders, 16 defensemen, and 23 forwards – to participate.
The head coaching role of the junior national team comes with great visibility, prestige, and pressure as the US juniors are expected to medal and often compete for the top spot on the podium. As one of the youngest coaches in college hockey, this continues the career development of Carle as he emerges as one of the brightest coaching stars in hockey. He was named the head boss of the Pioneers at the age of 28 and selected as national collegiate coach of the year in 2022.
There are 18 collegiate players on the invite list led by Michigan (4), Northeastern (3), Minnesota, Boston University, and Wisconsin with two each. New Hampshire, Ohio State, and Minnesota-Duluth have one player each at the camp. Two of David Carle’s own defenseman recruits were also named to the Showcase roster. Incoming freshmen Garrett Brown, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 4th round of the 2022 NHL Draft, and Zeev Buium – Shai’s brother – will both compete in Michigan later this week.
All practices and games part of the 2023 World Junior Summer Showcase will be held on the NHL rink at USA Hockey Arena. Practices are free of charge and open to the public. To purchase tickets for games if you’re in the Plymouth area or just want to check it out, click here.
Notes: David Carle discusses the Magness Arena improvements:
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Top photo courtesy of USA Hockey