Tuesday, December 10, 2013

So you're saying there's a chance

When the USA Hockey released its preliminary roster for the Junior National Team, officials said more players could be added for the training camp. For the Mavericks' Zach Stepan, that meant there was still a chance.

On Tuesday, Team USA indeed added more players to its roster, and Stepan was among those chosen. There are now 29 players on the roster. The final roster for the World Junior Championships will have 23 players.

Stepan will participate in the training camp Dec. 15-18 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis before moving on to Sweden. The camp will include an exhibition game against Minnesota State on Tuesday night (Dec. 17) in Mankato, which means Stepan likely will be playing against his current teammates.

The World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. 

Stepan is coming off a good weekend for the Mavericks. He had a goal and an assist in Friday's victory over Northern Michigan. He now has four goals and three assists in 12 games and is plus-3.

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