World Junior Championship

Sophomore forwards Matt Rust and Aaron Palushaj have been selected to represent Team USA at the World Junior Championship.  Rust was a part of last year’s squad, while Palushaj just missed the cut.

The 2009 WJC will be held in Ottawa, Canada from Dec. 26 through January 5, meaning the duo will miss the Great Lakes Invitational.

U-Meet the Athlete

The University of Michigan will be hosting U-Meet the Athlete with the hockey program on Saturday, January 3 from 3:30-5:20 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.  This event is for boys and girls between 5-12 years old (or who haven’t entered the 9th grade).

Cost is $20 per child with all proceeds going toward providing summer sports camp scholarships to children in need.  You must bring your skates and gear.

You can download a registration form here.

Kampfer return

Junior defenseman Steve Kampfer is back skating with the team and could return by the Great Lakes Invitational according to The Wolverine.  Kampfer had said a few weeks ago that he was about a month from being full strength and that any decision to return to the team was in the hands of head coach Red Berenson.

Sauer interview

MGoBlue.com has a video interview with senior goalie Billy Sauer.  Right off the bat he’s asked about the team only scoring 10 goals in front of him.

“It went to the point it was sad, now it’s funny,” an amused Sauer said.  “I mean, what are you going to do?”

“The guys are definitely catching on and they think it’s funny or they’ll feel bad, too.”

Mitera Interview

MGoBlue.com also has an interview with senior captain Mark Mitera.

Mitera says he’s working 4-5 hours a day with trainer Rick Bancroft and is almost walking normal again.

He says he has no regrets about making the decision to return rather than turn pro.  His goal besides leading this team is to get his degree and he’s on track to earn that in May.

He remains optimistic that he’ll be able to suit up once more before the end of the season.

You can watch both interviews in full at MGoBlue.com under the Multimedia section on the right side.