TRAVERSE CITY MI - SEPTEMBER 11: Jack Campbell #1 of the Dallas Stars makes a save during NHL Prospects Tournament on Saturday September 11 2010 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Sorry for the lack of content today, folks. The holiday business has engulfed the DBD crew as of late. But, there was news today (or yesterday, depending when you read this), so let's get right to it.
Keith Allain, the head coach of the United States World Juniors team, announced his 22-man roster today. As expected, Dallas Stars top draft pick Jack Campbell will be leading the team again in net when the tournament begins on Sunday. (Also on the squad is Derek Forbort, the guy we here at DBD thought would be selected by the Stars. We underestimated Jack Campbell's intangibles, apparently.)
Campbell, if you'll remember, made quite a name for himself at last year's championships. Campbell replaced starter Mike Lee in the second period of the gold-medal game against Canada and played brilliantly, stopping 34 shots. He's coming into the tourney with a lot of momentum, having won 10 of his last 14 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. Campbell stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game on Tuesday.
The other intriguing addition to the USA roster is forward Chris Brown, a Flower Mound native playing for the Michigan Wolverines. The 19-year-old Brown is a graduate of Flower Mound High School, and got started in hockey in 1996 through the Dr. Pepper StarCenter Mini-Mite program. Since graduating, he's played for the U.S. National Under-18 team (scoring 20 goals and 18 assists) and led Michigan rookies last year in points. In 2009, Brown was drafted 36th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Brown's ascension through junior hockey is a testament to the influence the Dallas Stars have had in this state, and we should all keep our eyes and cheers on our native Texan throughout the tournament. (Even though he's a Flower Mound Jaguar, and Marcus grads like me don't normally cheer for them. Ever. But I'll make an exception for you, Chris. Good luck, sir! Do our town proud.)