Welinski not named to preliminary U.S. Junior roster

Five WCHA players were named Tuesday to the 27-man preliminary United States roster for the 2013 World Junior Championships, although Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Andy Welinski of Duluth was not among those selected.

A roster is here.

A USA Hockey press release is here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey blog gives an early review of the U.S. team here.

A U.S. training camp, Dec. 16-18, at the New York Rangers’ Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.

From New York, the camp will move to Helsinki, Finland, Dec. 19-23. The final 23-player roster will be announced Dec. 23. The World Junior Championships are Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. Phil Housley of South St. Paul is head coach for the Americans.

In August, Welinski was named to a final camp roster among 45 players at the 2012 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey looks back at the WCHA from last weekend, plus league power rankings here.

Ohio State senior Brady Hjelle of International Falls was named CCHA goalie of the week for a third time this season. From the Ohio State sports information office here.

Minnesota Hockey Magazine’s web site is up and running right here.