Dec. 4, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was one of 27 players named by USA Hockey to the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster on Tuesday.
The group of players will attend training camp Dec. 16-18 at the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. An additional camp will follow in Helsinki, Finland, with the final 23-man roster announcement scheduled for Dec. 23.
The 2013 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia. The tournament brings together the world's top hockey players under the age of 20.
"We have a young, but talented group of players," said Jim Johannson, former Badger, general manager of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "There will be some tough choices to get to the final roster, but that's certainly a good problem to have."
McCabe, a product of USA Hockey's National Development Team Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., currently shares third on the Badgers with six points on two power-play goals and four assists. He is already an international gold medalist, having won at the 2011 IIHF Under-18 World Championship. He also captured a title with Team USA at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and skated for the Americans at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany.
McCabe was drafted in the second round, 44th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
Though not invited to the camp, Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) is still considered a possibility to earn an invitation and make the final roster. He has skated just two games for the Badgers this season and is expected to be evaluated further in the coming weeks.
In addition, former Badger player and assistant coach Mark Osiecki will serve as one of the team's assistant coaches for the second time in three seasons. Osiecki currently serves as head coach at Ohio State.
Wisconsin hockey has a long tradition with the World Junior Championship, including current head coach Mike Eaves, who directed Team USA to its first gold medal in the event as head coach in 2004. Team USA won its second gold in 2010, with then-Badger Derek Stepan serving as team captain, as well as current Badger John Ramage and former Badger Jake Gardiner skating on the team. Ramage returned to captain the team in 2011, earning a bronze medal.