June 19, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame right wing, Tim Wallace (Anchorage, Alaska), who will be a sophomore for the Irish in the 2003-04 season, has been selected to attend USA Hockey’s Junior Evaluation Camp to be held August 3-10 at Lake Placid, N.Y.
The 43 players invited to the camp are the top American hockey players under the age of 20 and are candidates for the 2004 U.S. Junior National Team that will compete in the 2004 World Junior Championships in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland from Dec. 25, 2003 to Jan. 4, 2004.
The players invited to the camp in August will be divided into two squads and compete in exhibition contests with Under 20 select teams from Sweden and Finland from Aug. 5-9 at Lake Placid.
Wallace is the first Notre Dame player to participate in the camp since August of 2001 when three current Irish seniors, Rob Globke (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Neil Komadoski (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Brett Lebda (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) were invited to attend. Globke and Lebda advanced to play on the 2002 Junior National Team. Notre Dame has had at least on player on the U.S. Junior National Team in five of the last six years.
Wallace will begin his second season with the Irish in 2003-04 after scoring six goals and five assists for 11 points while playing in all 40 games during his freshman season at Notre Dame. Included in his six goals were game-winning goals versus Western Michigan and Miami (OH). His game winner versus Miami came in a 1-0 Irish win in the first round of the CCHA playoffs and evened the series at 1-1. Notre Dame won game three, 5-0, to advance to the CCHA Super Six.
The 6-1, 204-pound right wing is also Notre Dame’s highest-ranking player for this weekend’s National Hockey League Entry Draft in Nashville, Tenn. The talented forward is ranked 136th by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.
A total of eight Notre Dame hockey players have been selected to the Junior National team since the 1996-97 season. They are: Ben Simon (1996-97, 1997-98), Joe Dusbabek (1997-98), Dan Carlson (1998-99), David Inman (1999-2000), Brett Henning (1999-2000), Connor Dunlop (1999-2000, 2000-01), Rob Globke (2000-01, 2001-02) and Brett Lebda (2001-02).