WELINSKI INVITED TO USA HOCKEY NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
USA Hockey has announced the list of participants for its 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp, and among the 46 invitees is incoming University of Minnesota Duluth freshman Andy Welinski. Players invited to the evaluation process will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia. The camp, scheduled for August in Lake Placid, N.Y., will feature the best American-born prospects under the age of 20.
Welinski, a native of Duluth and former Duluth East High School standout, helped lead the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers to both the 2011-12 Anderson Cup (best regualr season record -- 47-9-4) and Clark Cup (playoff champions) titles. He tied for first among USHL defensemen in goals with 15 and was fifth in points en route to being selected that circuit's Defenseman of the Year. The 6-2, 190-pound Welinski was chosen in the third round (83rd pick overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
Bulldog head coach Scott Sandelin served as an assistant coach for team USA at last year's World Junior Championship under current University of Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais. Recent Bulldogs who have participated in the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp include defenseman Justin Faulk (2010) center Jack Connolly (2008), defenseman Trent Palm (2007), goaltender Alex Stalock (2006), left winger Michael Gergen (2006) and defenseman Matt Niskanen (2005).
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