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Thompson and Masonius Invited to USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Tage Thompson and Joe Masonius were invited to the week-long camp to try out for the team going to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Two rising sophomores from UConn Men's Hockey were among 42 players invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp and two UConn hockey players who just finished their freshman year will be invited.

Joe Masonius and Tage Thompson, who are both eligible for the this weekend's NHL Draft, are among the six invited from Hockey East. The camp takes place from July 30-August 7 in Plymouth, Michigan at the USA Hockey facility.

The 42 players invited will be divided into two teams and hold practices and scrimmages against each other. There will also be scrimmages against Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Thompson played in all of the 36 games the Huskies played last season, scoring 14 goals to go along with 18 assists for a total of 32 points. He scored 13 power play goals, which was enough to lead the country by three goals and was tied for 76th in Division 1 in points. He scored two game-winning goals and was second on the team in goals, points and assists behind Max Letunov.

Masonius played in 34 of 36 games for UConn and was first on the team among defensemen in points (21) and tied for third on the team in the category. He also led defensemen in goals (6) and was third on the team in assists (15), leading defensemen. He blocked 42 shots, which was third on the team. He was tied for second in power play goals (3) and registered one of UConn's four shorthanded goals. He was second in penalty minutes with 40.