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August 4, 2008

Cali Natives, NHL Prospects at WJC Camp

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Fifty-three of the United States' top players under the age of 20 - including a quartet of California-born players and a Kings prospect arrived in camp on Friday, Aug. 1, for the 2008 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp. (Complete Roster)

California natives Jonathan Blum (Rancho Santa Margarita),Colin Long (Santa Ana),  Scooter Vaughan (Placentia), Mitch Wahl (Seal Beach) as well as Kings prospect Robert Czarnick (Washington, Mich.), Anaheim Ducks prospects Eric Tangradi and Jake Gardiner and San Jose Sharks prospect Nick Petrecki are eight of the players auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009, in Ottawa, Ont. The camp features practices and eight international games with a split squad of the best American players under the age of 20 facing off against Sweden and Finland.

Blum, a Rancho Santa Margarita native, heads a list of seven returnees from the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team attending the camp, which includes forwards Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Jordan Schroeder (Prior Lake, Minn.), James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) and Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn.);  Ian Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Cade Fairchild (Duluth, Minn.); and netminder Jeremy Smith (Brownstown, Mich.).

Czarnik, a Washington, Mich. native, was selected by the Kings in the third round (63rd overall), heads the list of 14 players from the bronze medal-winning 2008 U.S. National Under-18 Team, which includes forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Justin Florek, Philip McRae (Chesterfield, Mo.), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.), Vinny Saponari (Powder Springs, Ga.), Schroeder and David WohlbergSean Lorenz (Littleton, Colo.), Aaron Ness (Roseau, Minn.) and David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.); and goaltender Brandon Maxwell (Winter Park, Fla.).

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