Lucia, two U recruits named to U.S. team for World Junior A Challenge
October 21, 2011 — 1:12pm
Eight players with Minnesota roots will play for the U.S. team in the World Junior A Challenge which will be held from Nov. 7-13 in Langley, British Columbia. The U.S. is the three-time defending champion.
Among those on the U.S. team are Mario Lucia, the son of Gophers coach Don Lucia, and Gophers recruits Mike Reilly and A.J. Michaelson.
Lucia, a forward who has committed to Notre Dame, and Reilly, a defenseman, are teammate on the Penticton [B.C.] Vees. Lucia played for Wayzata High School last season, Reilly, of Chanhassen, played for Shattuck-St. Mary's last season.
Michaelson, a forward who played for Apple Valley last season, is playing for Waterloo of the USHL.
Other Minnesotans on the U.S. roster, all on USHL teams:
Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow @RomanStrib on Twitter. E-mail Roman.