Dec. 27, 2000
Notre Dame, Ind. – USA Hockey has selected University of Notre Dame forward Connor Dunlop (So., St. Louis, Mo.) to serve as the captain of the 2001 United States Junior National Team Hockey team competing in the World Junior Championships in Moscow from Dec. 26, 2000 through Jan.5, 2001.
Joining Dunlop as alternate captains on this year’s team are Boston University’s John Sabo and Michigan’s Andy Hilbert.
The announcement was made by U.S. National Coach Keith Allain, USA Hockey International Council Chairman Ron DeGregorio and USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari.
The trio were teammates at the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) for two seasons. Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the USA Hockey NTDP provides concentrated on-and-off-ice training for 46 of America’s premier ice hockey players under 18 years of age.
Dunlop is in his second tour of duty with the U.S. Junior National team as he played on last year’s squad that finished fourth is Sweden. The 5-10, 180-pound center had a goal and an assist in seven games.
In the opening game of the tournament on Dec. 26, Dunlop helped the United States get off to a fast start as he set up a first period goal by Irish teammate Rob Globke (Fr., West Bloomfield, Mich.) in the United States’ 9-1 win over Kazakhstan.
Dunlop currently ranks fifth on the Irish in scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points. He, along with Globke, will miss the next four games for the Irish as they play in the R.P.I. Tournament on Dec. 29-30 and at home versus Ferris State on Jan. 5-6.
The U.S. Junior National Team returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 28 when they face Slovakia.