Lucia & Reilly Crack Camp Roster; CCHA Honours



Yesterday Team Canada announced it’s 2013 World Junior Championship Preliminary roster, and today the USA followed suit. Mario Lucia (Notre Dame / ’12 Wild) and Mike Reilly (Minnesota / ’12 Blue Jackets) were both named to USA Hockey’s 27-man roster Tuesday morning. The camp runs December 16-18 in Tarrytown, N.Y at the New York Rangers practice facility. An additional camp will follow in Finland, were they will announce their final 23-man roster for the tournament in Ufa, Russia.

USA Hockey Press Release

Chris Peter’s of United States of Hockey analysis 

If you read through previous previews and predictions from Peters, he speculates Lucia has a real shot of playing a prominent role as a first or second-line left-winger for USA during the holidays. It’s not a secret the Americans are light on top-end left-wingers, and Lucia, even recovering from a significant leg injury, might be able to fit the bill. The Notre Dame freshman appears to have had a seamless transition back into the line-up, scoring three goals last weekend and being named CCHA Rookie of the Week.  Since returning from a broken leg, Lucia has four goals and five points in six games.

CCHA Press Release on Luica’s Rookie of the Week Honours

Mike Reilly is a regular on the Minnesota blue-line in his freshman season. The Chanhassen, Minnesota native has one goal and eight points in 15 games for the Gophers. Reilly has seen a lot of time on the Gophers number one power-play unit and you would expect him to get every opportunity to be the power-play quarterback for team USA. Reilly has breath-taking speed and is so slippery and with the large ice-surface in Russia, Reilly will be a valuable piece for the Americans.

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