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Aug. 19, 1997

Five Boston College Hockey Players Selected to Compete in Tempere Cup

They Advance from US National Junior Evaluation Camp

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Five members of the 1997-98 Boston College hockey team who participated in the US National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. last week have been selected to compete in the Tempere Cup in Tempere, Finland from August 21-24.

The BC team members are sophomores Kevin Caulfield (forward; Hyde Park, Mass.), Jeff Farkas (forward; Williamsville, N.Y.) and Mike Mottau (defenseman; Avon, Mass.), and incoming freshmen Bobby Allen (defenseman; Hull, Mass.) and Brian Gionta (forward; Rochester, N.Y.).

Boston College led all colleges with five players on the team. Minnesota has three players on the team, Notre Dame has two players, and Michigan and Colorado College each have one player. The remaining 11 players are from the major-junior ranks.

"We're very proud that Jeff (Jackson, USA Hockey National Coach) has chosen five of our players for this prestigious tournament," Boston College head coach Jerry York said. "We've been slowly building quality and depth into our program, and I believe this is evidence of that. This tournament will be a great experience for all five players. They'll all come back better players."

Twenty-three of the 44 players who were invited to the US National Junior Evaluation Camp were selected to make the trip to Finland. Those competing in the Tempere Cup -- as well as a select few additional players -- remain candidates for the 1998 US team that will compete in the World Junior Championship (also in Finland) this winter.

Incoming freshmen Marty Hughes (defenseman; Hicksville, N.Y.) and Rob Scuderi (defenseman; Bethpage, N.Y.) also participated in the evaluation camp in Lake Placid.

"Having attended some of the sessions in Lake Placid, I was very impressed with both Marty and Rob," York said. "They both played very well, and were right on the edge (of making the trip to Finland)."

Final selections for the U.S. National Junior team will be made on December 1, 1997.

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