This week, a number of Blackhawks prospects are playing in the US Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.
Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte, John Hayden and Anthony Louis are playing for the United States, and defensemen Robin Norell and Carl Dahlstrom are skating with Sweden’s team.
Mark Osiecki, an associate coach for the Rockford IceHogs, will be the head coach for the US team in the upcoming World Junior Championship.
The United States collection of players are split into two teams – White and Blue – during the camp. To open the scrimmages, the US teams played each other; Team Blue won the scrimmage 5-2.
Hayden had one goal and Motte had one goal and one assist for Team Blue in the victory, while Schmaltz and Louis were held pointless in the loss. Louis had the lone penalty for the four Hawks prospects.
In the first scrimmage on Sunday, USA White lost 4-3 to Sweden. Louis scored a goal for the Americans, with Schmaltz having the primary assist. For Sweden, both Norell and Dahlstrom were held pointless in the victory.
The second scrimmage featured USA Blue defeating Finland 2-1. Motte was credited with an assist while Hayden failed to register a point in the victory.
Osiecki joing the IceHogs last year after servince as head coach of the Ohio State University men’s ice hockey team (2010-13). He was as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team from 2004-10, helping the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA national title and the 2010 NCAA national championship game.
The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 5, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto.