Dec 17, 1997
Three BC Players Selected to U.S. National Junior Team
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Three members of the Boston College hockey team -- sophomore forward Jeff Farkas (Williamsville, N.Y.), sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau (Avon, Mass.) and freshman forward Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) --- were selected to the 1998 U.S. National Junior Team, according to an announcement made by Team USA head coach Jeff Jackson.
The 22-member team, which was selected from a group that competed at a four-day training camp in Hackensack, N.J., will participate in the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland from Dec. 25, 1997 to January 4, 1998.
Boston College had the most selections of any Division I U.S. college. It is also the second consecutive year that Boston College has had three players selected to the team.
In addition, it is third consecutive year that Farkas has been selected to the team. Farkas, who was the second-youngest member of the 1996 team, teamed with Eagle teammates Marty Reasoner and Blake Bellefeuille on the silver-medal winning 1997 USA squad. Farkas is the 11th player in the 22-year history of the U.S. National Junior Program to make the team three times. Boston College has produced three of the 11 players -- Farkas, Ted Crowley (1988-90), and Brian Leetch (1985-87).
This year's trio has been a big part of Boston College's 11-5-1 start, its best since 1990-91. Gionta, the top-scoring freshman in HOCKEY EAST, is second on the Eagles with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists). Farkas has recorded six multiple-point games and is third on the team with 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists). In addition to his defensive prowess, Mottau is fourth on the team with 17 points, including a personal-best six goals.
All three players will miss the Eagles' trip to Milwaukee, Wis. for the Bank One Badger Showdown. The trio will rejoin the team for its HOCKEY EAST battle with Boston University on January 9.