June 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio Collin Olson, a sophomore goaltender for the Ohio State men's hockey team, was invited along with three other goalies to the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp from Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, NY. Olson was selected along with three other goaltenders to Lake Placid following a goalie evaluation camp from June 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
There will be a total of 44 players participating in the evaluation camp, all looking to lock a roster spot on Team USA for the IIHF World Junior Championship (U-20) in Malmo, Sweden, which will take place Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity to put the USA jersey back on and I am also looking forward for the chance to compete internationally again" the Apple Valley, Minn. native said.
Olson said he doesn't have too many nerves going into the camp, the 2011 Carolina draft pick said, "I'm not too nervous, just honored to be competing for a spot to represent my country and Ohio State. I'm really looking forward to it."
The Buckeye rising sophomore saw action in nine games during the 2012-13 season, making seven starts while backing up All-American goaltender Brady Hjelle. During those nine games, Olson recorded a .901 save percentage and a 3.09 goals against average.
If all goes according to plan, Olson will join Buckeye alums Tom Fritsche ('06), Ryan Kesler ('03,'04), Joe Palmer ('08), Dave Steckel ('01,'02), R.J. Umberger ('01,'02) as the sixth Buckeye to compete for Team USA in World Junior competition.
While playing for the National Team Development Program, Olson won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship (U-18) in Brno, Czech Republic. He was named the tournament's most outstanding goaltender, posting three shutouts and a 0.80 GAA.
The complete Team USA camp roster can be found here
2013 Team USA Evaluation Camp Schedule, Lake Placid, NY.
Sun. Aug. 4
USA White vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m
USA Blue vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 5
USA Blue vs. Sweden 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Wed. Aug. 7
USA vs. Sweden 4:15 p.m.
Thu. Aug. 8
USA vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 10
USA vs. Canada 1:00 p.m.