Five players from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team have been named to the preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Hermantown, Minn. native Dylan Samberg and Hibbing, Minn. native Scott Perunovich, both freshmen at UMD, were among the 28 players selected to compete for 23 spots on the final roster.
Brothers Joey and Mikey Anderson along with Riley Tufte were also among UMD's five selections, which was the most of any collegiate team in the country.
The older Anderson, Joey, was on the United States team in 2017 that won a gold medal, and this year's tournament will be played Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
All of the UMD players, except for Perunovich, also participated in the World Junior Summer Showcase, which is an early identification camp for the World Juniors. Perunovich, who has two goals and 10 assists this first half, was an invitee to the latest camp based on his play in 2017-18.
Training camp runs Dec. 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio, with an additional camp in Jamestown, N.Y. from Dec. 20-23.
If any or all of the UMD players make the final roster, they would miss the 2017 Ledyard Classic with games Dec. 29-30 against Dartmouth and Yale.