NAHL alum Stolarz named to National Junior Camp
June 14, 2013
A veteran of the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, Anthony Stolarz is trying to become one of the two goalies for the US National Junior Team.
USA Hockey announced today that goaltenders Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J./London Knights), Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./U.S. National Under-18 Team), Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn./Ohio State Univ.) have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The netminders will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. The quartet was selected following a goalie evaluation camp that was held June 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Last week, the 16 defensemen and 24 forwards for the camp were announced. The complete roster is available here
. The United States has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Stolarz will be attending his second U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp after also receiving an invitation last year. Stolarz played in the NAHL back during the 2011-12 season for the Corpus Christi IceRays. With Corpus Christi, the 6ft 5in goaltender played 50 games in the 2011-12 season going 23-22-4 with a 2.84 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
During the season, Stolarz committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he spent half the 2012-13 season before signing with the London Knights in the OHL. During the second half of the 2012-13 season, Stolarz led the Knights to the OHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup. On March 4th, he signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, whom he was drafted by in 2012 after his year of playing in the NAHL.
The U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will be held at Lake Placid's Olympic Center utilizing the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, includes practices and international games against Canada, Finland and Sweden