LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Freshman goaltender Steve Michalek of the Harvard men's hockey team participated in the U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp this week.
Michalek, who starred for Team USA in last year's run to a silver medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, was a late invitee to the camp, which helps the U.S. coaches prepare and select a team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, to be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.
The Glastonbury, Conn., native got the call inviting him to the camp on his 18th birthday. As USA Hockey explained in a blog entry, Michalek made the most of his surprise birthday present, arriving in time to put in a strong performance in the final blue-white scrimmage of the camp.
Twenty-two Harvard players have been selected to compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in previous years, including current Crimson forwards Conor Morrison (Germany, 2009) and Ryan McGregor (Switzerland, 2010 and '11).