Dec. 4, 2013 | Preliminary Roster
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Men's Hockey sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was named to the 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced by USA Hockey today (Dec. 4).
Team USA will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The 26 players named to the preliminary roster will participate in a training camp Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, with preparations then continuing in Angelholm, Sweden. Then the final 23-man roster will be announced on Dec. 23. The U.S. will play three games before the start of the IIHF World Junior Championship, including Dec. 17 against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and contests in Angelholm vs. Finland (Dec. 20) and Sweden (Dec. 22).
Gillies served as the primary backup for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia and became the first Friar to take home a medal in the prestigious tournament as the U.S. won gold. Gillies is one of three returning players, joining forwards Riley Barber and Ryan Hartman.
Last season, Gillies became the 11th Friar to take part in the World Junior Championships and the first since Bobby Goepfert (2003). Shaun Kane ’92 is the only Friar to have taken part in two Junior World Championships (1989 & 1990).
Gillies recently earned Hockey East Goaltender of the Month honors for the second straight month. He went 7-1-1 in November, including a pair of shutouts at Merrimack (1-0 on Nov. 8) and at Vermont (3-0 on Nov. 16), to become Providence’s all-time leader in career shutouts with eight.
Gillies is now 10-1-2 on the season, including a 6-1-0 mark in Hockey East play. His 1.81 goals against average ranks seventh nationally, while his .945 save percentage is tied for third. He also leads the nation with 427 saves.
Gillies and the fourth-ranked Friars will travel to Boston, Mass. on Friday, Dec. 6 to resume Hockey East play with an 8:00 p.m. game against Northeastern at Matthews Arena.