MARLBORO, MA - B’s forward and captain Jack Eichel has been named to Team USA’s roster for the Youth Olympics taking place in Innsbruck, Austria this January 13-22. The team, comprised of some of the
top 1996 born players in the United States will play Austria, Canada, Finland and Russia in round robin play.
Eichel, coming off a strong second half to the 2010-2011 season, his first with the Empire team, has continued to impress all who watch him. He followed up his strong inaugural campaign with the B’s, one that saw the team win a National Championship, with a great summer at events such as the USA Hockey National Festival and Beantown Classic events. Through the early part of the season, despite having just turned 15 and being one of the youngest players in the league, he is one the league’s best.
He is among the league leaders in scoring en route to the B’s being in first place in not only the Eastern Conference but also tied for the league lead (25 pts) with the Florida Everblades.
While details of the event are not fully realized at this time the talk is that this will mirror the Winter Olympics and will include opening and closing ceremonies and additional winter sports in addition to the hockey component. Innsbruck, Austria has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1964 and 1976).
Eichel will be joined by two former 1996 Junior Bruins AAA team teammates in Joe Wegwerth and Nate Billitier.
Team USA roster:
Jack Eichel (Junior Bruins-Empire)
Blake Clarke (Fargo–USHL)
Jared Fiegl (Col. Rampage)
Shane Gersich (Holy Family Catholic HS)
Marcel Godbout (Shattuck)
Dylan Larkin (Belle Tire)
Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis Amateur Blues)
Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Mission)
Joe Wegwerth (Brewster–Empire)
Adam Baughman (Chicago Mission)
Nathan Billitier (Rochester–EJHL)
Ryan Bliss (St. Paul’s School)
Jack Glover (Benilde-St. Margaret’s)
Joshua Jacobs (Honeybaked)
Jack Walker (Edina HS)
Logan Halladay (Carolina Jr. Hurricanes)
Edwin Minney (DC Capitals)