Aug 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College sophomores Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and Mark Jankowski (Dundas, Ontario) took part in National Junior Team evaluation camps last week (Aug. 3-10). Gillies was part of Team USA's camp, while Jankowski suited up for Team Canada.
The camps were held in order to evaluate players before the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, which will take place from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden, and ended with a series of scrimmages.
Gillies took part in Team USA's camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. from Aug. 3-10. The USA were handed a 4-0 loss by Sweden in its first full scrimmage, but bounced back with wins over Finland (4-3) and Canada (5-1). Gillies played in two games, including backstopping Team USA to the 5-1 win over Canada by playing the entire game and stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced. In his two appearances, Gillies made 43 saves, posted a 2.65 goals against average and had a .915 save percentage.
Canada's summer evaluation camp took place Aug. 4-5 in Brossard, Que., and then moved to Lake Placid, N.Y. for scrimmages against Finland, Sweden and the United States. Team Canada opened with wins over Finland (5-3) and Sweden (7-3) before falling to the USA (5-1).
For Jankowski, a 2012 first round NHL Draft pick of the Calgary Flames (21st overall), it marked his first participation in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence as he appeared in the lineup for both of Canada's wins. Jankowski was one of just two collegiate players invited to Canada's camp.
Last year, serving as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold. Shaun Kane '92 is the only Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990) and Providence College has never sent a player to Canada's National Junior Team for the championship.
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