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Six Eagles Named to U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp

Steve Santini scored a power play goal for Team USA last year in Sweden

Steve Santini scored a power play goal for Team USA last year in Sweden

June 19, 2014

Full camp roster (USA Hockey)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Four returning members and two incoming skaters of the Boston College men’s hockey program are among the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, from August 2-9, in Lake Placid, N.Y.  

Boston College leads all schools with the most representatives (6) on the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp roster. 

Michigan and Minnesota each have five representatives. Miami and Notre Dame will be sending two players each, while Boston University, Cornell, Denver, Harvard, North Dakota, Providence, Quinnipiac, Wisconsin and Yale are also represented. 

Sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) alongside defensive classmates Ian McCoshen (Faribault, Minn.) and Steve Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.) are three of seven members in this year’s camp that were a part of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that finished fifth in Malmo, Sweden. 

Second-year rearguard Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.) is making his debut as a participant of the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Incoming freshmen Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) are a pair of forwards vying for a spot on the 2015 U.S. World Junior roster and will enroll at Boston College in September. 

Five of the six BC representatives taking part at the evaluation camp went through the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. McCoshen played junior hockey for Waterloo of the United States Hockey League. 

The camp, which will be held at Lake Placid's Olympic Center utilizing the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, includes practices and international games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. 

In last year’s World Junior Championship, Santini scored a power play goal and skated in all five games for Team USA. McCoshen also dressed in every game for Team USA. Demko was part of the club the entire way but did not see any game action, serving as a backup netminder to Jon Gillies (Providence College) and Anthony Stolarz (London – OHL). 

Santini and Demko were both members of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team this season while Demko also earned a spot as an honorable mention. 

Santini scored three goals and eight assists from the blue line and led the Eagles in blocked shots with 68. Demko posted an overall record of 16-5-3 with a 2.24 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The second year backstopper’s winning percentage of .729 was sixth-best in college hockey. 

McCoshen logged 13 points on five goals and eight assists with a +22 plus/minus rating while Savage was Boston College’s leading scoring rookie defensemen with 18 points on four goals and 14 helpers.

Milano and Tuch finished second and third, respectively, in scoring for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, each averaging over a point per game in the regular season. Milano totaled 14 goals and 25 assists in 25 games played while Tuch notched 32 points (13-19-32) in 26 games played.

Boston College assistant coach Mike Ayers, who will be entering his second season at BC, will serve as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. This marks the second-consecutive year a member of the Eagle hockey staff will take part in the World Junior Championship. Associate head coach Greg Brown assisted in last year’s championship. 

The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. 

INTERNATION ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION EXPERIENCE

Demko
Fifth place – 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
Silver – 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship 

McCoshen
Fifth place – 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship

Milano
Gold – 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

Santini
Fifth place – 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
Silver – 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

Tuch
Gold – 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

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