Ben Mirageas, Jay O'Brien Named to Initial U.S. Roster for 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase

June 15, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.USA Hockey announced on Friday (June 15) that Providence College defenseman Ben Mirageas (Newburyport, Mass.) and incoming freshman Jay O’Brien (Hingham, Mass) have been named to the initial U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase.  The showcase will run from July 28-Aug. 4 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Forty-two players will audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships from Dec. 28, 2018 through Jan. 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The week-long camp will feature 11 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States.

A third-round draft pick of the New York Islanders (77th overall) in 2017, Mirageas capped off a stellar rookie campaign on the Friars’ blue line with eight goals and 11 assists in 40 games. His five power-play goals ranked second on the team, while his eight total goals led all defensemen. Mirageas also finished with 48 blocked shots, a plus-five rating and 92 shots on goal. For his efforts in 2017-18, Mirageas earned the program’s Rev. Herman Schneider, O.P. Award as the Most Valuable Freshman.

Incoming freshman Jay O’Brien earned the All-USA Hockey Player of the Year given to the top high school player in the United States after posting 43 goals and 37 assists in 30 games at Thayer Academy in 2017-18. O’Brien finished ranked 32nd among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings leading up to next weekend’s NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas. The Hingham, Massachusetts native also participated in the 2017 CCM All-American Prospects Game and most recently, the NHL Combine in Buffalo, New York.

Recent members of the program to compete in the IIHF World Junior Championships include: Jon Gilles (U.S., 2013-14), Erik Foley (U.S., 2016), and Kasper Björkqvist (Finland, 2016).

For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.



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