Dec. 2, 1997
Notre Dame's Dusbabek, Simon Invited to United States Junior Hockey Tryout Camp
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Notre Dame sophomore forwards Joe Dusbabek (Faribault, Minn.) and Ben Simon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) have been named to the 28-player roster that will participate in the 1998 United States Hockey National Junior Team Camp, Dec. 14-18 in Hackensack, N.J. Following the four-day camp, 22 players will be selected to the U.S. team which will compete in the 1997-98 World Junior Championship, Dec. 25-Jan. 3 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
Dusbabek and Simon are two of 13 current college players among the camp invitees and join Michigan State forward Mike York as the only players invited who currently play for schools in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. All but five of the 28 invitees participated in the recent U.S. national junior team evaluation camp (Aug. 10-17 in Lake Placid, N.Y.), with Simon and Dusbabek among the 22 that advanced from that 46-player roster to compete with the U.S. in late August at the international Tampere Cup in Finland.
Should Simon and Dusbabek
make the final U.S. national junior roster, they would miss four Notre Dame games, including the prestigious University of Minnesota Mariucci Classic (Dec. 27-28) and a two-game homestand vs. Miami University (Jan. 2-3).
Simon missed three Irish games last season while helping the U.S. capture the silver medal at the 1996-97 World Junior Championship in Switzerland. The runner-up showing represented the best U.S. finish in the 21-year history of the tournament and was highlighted by a tie vs. Canada in the round-robin play. Simon is one of five returning forwards from that 1996-97 U.S. world junior team, joining York, Jess Boulerice (Mooers, N.Y.), Jeff Farkas (Boston College) and Toby Peterson (Colorado College). The U.S. also returns defensemen Chris Hajt (Amherst, N.Y.) and Paul Mara (Belmont, Mass.) and goaltender Robert Esche (Whitesboro, N.Y.) from last year's silver-medal-winning team.
Simon and Dusbabek are two of 16 National Hockey League draft picks among the 28 invitees. Simon was selected in the fifth round by the Chicago Blackhawks last spring, followed by Dusbabek's seventh-round selection by the San Jose Sharks.
1997-98 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR CAMP ROSTER
Name Ht./Wt. Birthdate S/C 1996-97 Team Hometown
31 Robert Esche* 6-2/200 7/5/78 L Plymouth (OHL) Whitesboro, NY
35 Chris Madden 6-1/175 3/10/97 L Guelph Storm (OHL) Liverpool, NY
01 Jean-Marc Pelletier 6-3/200 3/4/78 L Rimvski (QMJHL) Atlanta, GA
28 Bobby Allen 6-1/200 11/14/78 L Boston College Hull, MA
04 Chris Hajt* 6-4/210 7/5/78 L Guelph Storm (OHL) Amherst, NY
06 Kevin Kellet 6-1/200 7/23/78 R Prince Albert (WHL) Lewiston, ME
05 Jay Leach 6-3/205 9/2/79 L Providence College Altamont, NY
02 Paul Mara* 6-4/205 9/7/79 L Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Belmont, MA
26 Mike Mottau 6-0/190 3/19/78 L Boston College Avon, MA
07 Chris St. Croix 6-2/185 5/2/79 R Kamloops Blazers(WHL)Voorhees, N.J.
03 Nikos Tselios 6-2/185 1/3/78 L Plymouth (OHL) Glen Ellyn, IL
18 Jesse Boulerice* 6-3/215 8/10/78 R Plymouth (OHL) Mooers, NY
21 Eric Cole 6-1/185 11/6/78 L Clarkson University Oswego, NY
12 Kevin Colley 5-9/175 1/4/79 R Oshawa (OHL) New Haven, CT
20 Torry DiRoberto 5-11/190 4/17/78 L Seattle (WHL) Upland, Calif.
33 Joe Dusbabek 6-1/195 5/1/78 R Univ. of Notre Dame Faribault, MN
19 Jeff Farkas* 6-1/160 1/24/78 L Boston College Williamsville, NY
24 Brian Gionta 5-8/150 1/18/79 R Boston College Rochester, NY
11 Scott Gomez 5-11/170 12/23/79 L Tri-Cities (WHL) Anchorage, AK
23 Ben Gustavson 6-0/185 4/23/78 R Ottawa (OHL) Provo, Utah
17 Ty Jones 6-3/215 2/22/79 R Spokane Chiefs (WHL) Eagle River, AK
29 Dustin Kuk 6-1/185 1/29/79 L Univ. of Wisconsin Livonia, MI
09 David Legwand 6-1/170 8/17/80 L Plymouth (OHL) Grosse Point Woods, MI
22 Richard Miller 6-3/200 1/12/78 R Providence College Bethany, CT
15 Aaron Miskovich 5-10/170 4/28/78 L Univ. of Minnesota Grand Rapids, MN
25 Toby Petersen* 5-10/195 10/27/78 L Colorado College Bloomington, MN
08 Ben Simon* 6-0/175 6/14/78 L Univ. of Notre Dame Shaker Heights, OH
16 Mike York* 5-11/170 1/3/78 R Michigan State Waterford, MI
* = member of 1996-97 U.S. junior national team
STAFF: head coach Jeff Jackson (Roseville, Mich.),
assistants Greg Cronin (Ann Arbor, MI),
Bob Mancini (Ann Arbor, MI)
1997-97 World Junior Championship - Team USA Schedule (all times local)
Dec. 21, 4:00 p.m. USA vs. Finland (at Helsinki) Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. USA vs. Russia (at Helsinki)
Dec. 25, 3:00 p.m. USA vs. Slovakia (at Helsinki) Dec. 26, 3:00 p.m. USA vs. Kazakhstan (at Helsinki)
Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m. USA vs. Russia (at Hameenlinna) Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. USA vs. Switzerland (at Hameenlinna)
Dec. 31, TBA Quarterfinals (at Hameenlinna) Jan. 1, TBA Relegation (at Hameenlinna)
Jan. 2, TBA Semifinals/Placement (at Helsinki/Hameenlinna)
Jan. 3, TBA Relegation/Placement/Medal (at Helsinki/Hameenlinna)