CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Rising sophomore Colin Blackwell and incoming freshmen Brian Hart and Jimmy Vesey of the Harvard men's hockey team have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, USA Hockey announced Monday.
The players will be among 25 forwards and 46 total players auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia. The camp, which will take place at Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 4-11, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games against Sweden and Finland.
Blackwell is coming off an outstanding rookie campaign with the Crimson. He totaled 19 points and five goals, helping Harvard place third in the ECAC Hockey regular-season standings and reach the league championship game. The 2011 San Jose Sharks draft pick was a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, which is given to the top U.S.-born player in New England.
Hart is the 54th-ranked North American skater in the National Hockey League Central Scouting Service rankings for the upcoming NHL Draft. The Cumberland, Maine, native totaled 68 points on 32 goals and 36 assists in 29 games for Phillips Exeter Academy last season. Vesey, a North Reading, Mass., native ranked 77th by NHL CSS, set an Eastern Junior Hockey League scoring record last season with the South Shore Kings, registering 91 points on 45 goals and 48 helpers in just 45 games.
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).
Colin Blackwell photo courtesy Thom Kendall