MINNEAPOLIS Gophers freshmen Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly will have a big opportunity to represent their country later this month, but the two defensemen insist they're not looking past this weekend's series against Colorado College.
Skjei and Reilly were both named to the U.S. National Junior Team's preliminary roster for the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Juniors tournament, a rather prestigious event in the junior hockey world. While neither Minnesota freshman has made the final roster yet, just getting the opportunity to go to New York and battle for a spot is an honor, they said Wednesday.
"It was one of my goals, for sure," Skjei said. "I'm really excited I've made the preliminary roster, but it's still not for sure yet."
Skjei and Reilly will be two of nine defensemen on the preliminary roster, which will be whittled down to seven defensemen before the tournament. Fifteen forwards and three goalies were...