Five Wolverines Invited to National Team Camps

The University of Michigan has been honored with at least one representative on the United States World Junior Team for each of the past seven years. This year, as the Wolverines begin to look forward to the upcoming season, it appears the streak will continue. Chad Kolarik, Kevin Porter, Mark Mitera, and Jack Johnson have all been invited to attend the United States team camp, while Andrew Cogliano has received an invitation to try out for Team Canada.

The United States camp, being held in Lake Placid, New York, will run from August 5-14, while the Canadian team camp runs from August 10-15. Rosters will be announced following the camp up until the beginning of December, which is when both clubs will begin preparations for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship to be played in late December in British Columbia.

Kevin Porter, the only IIHF veteran of the bunch, is coming off of his freshman season for the Wolverines where he recorded 24 points (11-13-24). During the 2005 IIHF tournament, Porter recorded three goals and two assists for Team USA.

Chad Kolarik, another Michigan sophomore, is coming off a freshman season that saw 18 goals and 17 assists.

Jack Johnson and Mark Mitera, incoming freshman from the United States National Team Developmental Program, looks to continue his success on the international stage after being a part of the United States gold medal winning team at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships this past April.

The final Wolverine attempting to find a spot in the 2006 IIHF tournament, Andrew Cogliano, comes from Ontario, where he dominated the competition recording 63 goals and 91 assists for a total of 154 points in only 78 games played.

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