December 19, 1998

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Notre Dame sophomore left wing Dan Carlson (Edina, Minn.) has been named to the 22-player team that will represent the United States at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship while Irish freshman center David Inman (Toronto, Ont.) was among the four players cut from the squad, following a Dec. 14-17 trout camp at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube facility.

Carlson will miss Notre Dame’s upcoming series at No. 1-ranked North Dakota (Jan. 2-3), as the World Juniors will run from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Winnipeg and five other cities in Manitoba, Canada. He will return to the squad in time for the Jan. 8 game at Bowling Green.

The final 22-player roster features seven returnees from the 1997-98 U.S. team that finished fifth at the World Junior Championship in Finland. Current Notre Dame junior forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek were members of last year’s U.S. junior team, with Simon also skating on the 1996-97 U.S. team that claimed the World Junior silver medal in Switzerland.

The 5-10, 190-pound Carlson has skated alongside Inman this season and ranks fourth on the Irish squad with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists), including two power-play goals, one game-winning goal and the team’s only shorthanded score of the season. He ranked among the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s top freshman scorers in 1997-98 with 11 goals (three power-play, three shorthanded) and 17 assists.

Inman owns dual citizenship in both Canada and the U.S., as his father is a Canadian citizen while his mother is a U.S. citizen. The 6-1, 190-pound lefthander is fifth on the current Irish squad with 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists), including a pair of power-play goals and one game-winning goal.

The final junior national team roster includes 14 current college players, with six of those hailing from teams in the CCHA. In addition to Carlson, the CCHA players on the team include two Michigan State players (goaltender Josh Blackburn and forward Adam Hall), Michigan defenseman Jeff Jillson, Bowling Green forward Ryan Murphy and Lake Superior State forward Mike Vigilante. The seven other college players include two each from Wisconsin and Maine and one each from Boston College, Minnesota, Colorado College and Boston University.


Player          Pos.     Ht.  Wt. Birthdate  Sh.  Hometown                 1998-99 TeamJoe Blackburn    G     5-11  180   1/26/79    R   Livonia, MI              Michigan StateDan Carlson      F     5-10  190    4/6/79    L   Edina, MN                Notre Dame   Tim Connolly     F      6-1  185    5/7/81    R   Baldwinsville, NY        Erie (OHL) Matt Doman       F      6-1  220   2/10/80    R   Sartell, MN              Univ. of Wisconsin Brian Gionta     F      5-5  160   1/18/79    R   Rochester, NY            Boston CollegeScott Gomez      F     5-10  180  12/23/79    L   Anchorage, AK            Tri-Cities (WHL)Adam Hall        F      6-3  200   8/14/80    R   Kalamazoo, MI            Michigan StateBarrett Heisten  F      6-0  185   3/19/80    L   Anchorage, AK            Univ. of Maine Andy Hilbert     F     5-11  190    2/6/81    L   Howell, MI  U.S.         Under-18 
National TeamDoug Janik D 6-2 200 3/26/80 L Agawam, MA Univ. of Maine Jeff Jillson D 6-3 220 7/24/80 R North Smithfield, RI Univ, of Michigan David Legwand F 6-2 175 8/17/80 L Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Plymouth (OHL)Jordan Leopold D 6-1 195 8/3/80 L Golden Valley, MN Univ. of Minnesota Chris Madden G 6-0 170 3/10/79 L Liverpool, NY Guelph (OHL)Paul Mara D 6-4 190 9/7/79 L Belmont, MA Plymouth (OHL)Justin Morrison F 6-3 200 8/10/79 R Los Angeles, CA Colorado CollegeRyan Murphy F 6-1 195 3/21/79 L Aurora, ONT Bowling GreenMike Pandolfo F 6-3 225 9/15/79 L Burlington, MA Boston UniversityChris St. Croix D 6-2 185 5/2/79 R Voorhees, NJ Kamloops (WHL)Dave Tanabe D 6-1 190 7/19/80 R White Bear Lake, MN Univ. of Wisconsin Nikos Tselios D 6-4 190 1/20/79 L Glen Ellyn, IL Plymouth (OHL)Mike Vigilante F 5-11 195 8/19/79 L Dearborn, MI Lake Superior State

Pool A: Finland, Czech Republic, United States, Canada, Slovakia
Pool B: Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Belarus

DATE     TIME (Local)    LOCATION        OPPONENTS Dec. 26  2:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Sweden vs. Russia Dec. 26  2:00 p.m.       Brandon         Slovakia vs. Czech Republic Dec. 26  7:00 p.m.       Selkirk         Belarus vs. Switzerland Dec. 26  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        USA vs. Finland Dec. 27  3:30 p.m.       Brandon         Canada vs. Slovakia Dec. 27  7:00 p.m.       Portage         Kazakhstan vs. Belarus Dec. 28  2:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Switzerland vs. Sweden Dec. 28  7:00 p.m.       Brandon         Czech Republic vs. USA Dec. 28  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Finland vs. CanadaDec. 28  7:00 p.m.       Portage         Russia vs. Kazakhstan Dec. 29  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Slovakia vs. Finland Dec. 29  7:00 p.m.       Brandon         Belarus vs. Russia Dec. 30  7:00 p.m.       Brandon         Switzerland vs. KazakhstanDec. 30  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Czech Republic vs. CanadaDec. 30  7:00 p.m.       Morden          Sweden vs. Belarus Dec. 30  7:00 p.m.       Selkirk         USA vs. SlovakiaDec. 31  3:00 p.m.       Brandon         Russia vs. SwitzerlandDec. 31  4:00 p.m.       Teulon          Kazakhstan vs. Sweden Dec. 31  5:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Canada vs. USADec. 31  5:00 p.m.       Selkirk         Finland vs. Czech RepublicJan.  2  1:30 p.m.       Winnipeg        Quarterfinal 1(B2 vs. A3) Jan.  2  7:30 p.m.       Winnipeg        Quarterfinal 2(A2 vs. B3) Jan.  3  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Relegation (A4 vs. B5)Jan.  3  7:00 p.m.       Portage         Relegation (B4 vs. A5)Jan.  4  1:30 p.m.       Winnipeg        Semifinal (B1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal 2Jan.  4  6:00 p.m.       Brandon         5th/6th Place (Loser Quarterfinal 1 vs. Loser Quarterfinal 2)Jan.  4  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Semifinal (A1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal 1)Jan.  4  7:00 p.m.       Selkirk         Relegation (A5 vs. B5)Jan.  4  7:30 p.m.       Morden          Relegation (A4 vs. B4)Jan.  5  2:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Bronze Medal GameJan.  5  7:00 p.m.       Winnipeg        Gold Medal Game