Friday, August 1, 2008

Gardiner, McDonagh at US U20 Evaluation Camp

The roster for Team USA's U20 evaluation camp was set back in June, and that roster includes a couple of Badger defensemen: incoming freshman Jake Gardiner, and returning player Ryan McDonagh.

The camp official kicked off today, and the next few days will include practices and intrasquad scrimmages. Team USA White and Team USA Blue will face Team Sweden and Team Finland twice each Aug 5-9. You can find the full camp schedule on the last page of the media guide.

Speaking of the media guide, here are the media guide entries for Gardiner and McDonagh, as well as Badger and Assistant Executive Director of USA Hockey Operations Jim Johannson.


Jake Gardiner
Position: Defense .................Birthdate: 7/4/90
Height: 6‐2 (188) .................Hometown: Deephaven, Minn.
Weight: 175 (80) ..................2007-08 Team: Minnetonka (Minn.) High School
Shoots: Left .......................NHL Draft Rights: Anaheim Ducks

USA HOCKEY PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 2007-08: Played for the U.S. Under‐18 Select Team at the 2007 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and Hodonin, Czech Republic.

ADDITIONAL PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 2007-08: Played in 25 games for Minnetonka (Minn.) High School … Was third among all Minnesota high school defensemen with 43 points (16‐27) … Was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award. 2006-07: Tallied 10 goals and 22 assists in 23 games for Minnetonka.

PERSONAL: Son of Jill and John Gardiner … Selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft … Participated in one USA Hockey Player Development Camp (2007).

STATISTICS:
Year .........Team (League) .....................GP ..G .A .PTS PIM
2007‐08 Minnetonka (Minn.) H.S. ...............25 ..16 27 ..43 ..18
2006‐07 Minnetonka (Minn.) H.S. ...............23 ..10 22 ..32 ..20




Ryan McDonagh
Position: Defense ................Birthdate: 6/13/89
Height: 6‐1 (185) ................Hometown: Arden Hills, Minn.
Weight: 208 (94) ................2007-08 Team: University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Shoots: Left ......................NHL Draft Rights: Montreal Canadiens

COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE: As a Freshman (2007-08): Appeared in 40 games for the University of Wisconsin of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association … Recorded 12 points (5‐7) and a plus‐7 rating.

USA HOCKEY PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 2006-07: Skated with the U.S. National Under‐18 Team that earned the silver medal at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under‐18 Championship in Tampere and Rauma, Finland … Notched three assists in seven games … Played for the U.S. Under‐18 Select Team at the 2006 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic … Tallied one assist in four games to help Team USA finish second. 2005-06: Member of the 2005 U.S. Under‐17 Select Team … Scored two goals in four games to help Team USA finish first at the Under‐17 Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland.

ADDITIONAL PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 2006-07: Played in 26 games for Cretin‐Derham Hall (Minn.) High School … Totaled 40 points (14‐26) … Won Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award. 2005-06: Led Cretin‐Derham to the 2006 Minnesota Class 2A State Championship … Named Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Minnesota State Championship Tournament.

PERSONAL: Son of Patty and Sean McDonagh … Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (12th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft … Participated in three USA Hockey Player Development Camps (2004‐06).

TEAM USA STATISTICS:
Year ..Event ......................................GP .G ..A .PTS PIM
2007 ..World Under‐18 Championship ........ 7 ..0 ..3...3....4

OTHER STATISTICS:
Year .........Team (League) .....................GP .G ..A .PTS PIM
2007‐08 ..Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA) ..........40 ..5 ..7 .12 ...42
2006‐07 ..Cretin‐Derham Hall (Minn.) H.S. ....26 .14 .26 .40 ..n/a


Jim Johannson
Assistant Executive Director, Hockey Operations
2009 U.S. National Junior Team

Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, is serving on the staff of his ninth U.S. National Junior Team.

A two‐time U.S. Olympian (1988, 1992), Johannson brings extensive experience in international ice hockey both as a player and administrator. In 2002, Johannson served as team leader for the silver‐medal winning U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the senior director of hockey operations for Team USA at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

Johannson has also worked with the U.S. Men’s National Team at ten International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships, spending six years as the team leader, two as the assistant general manager (2005‐06), one as the senior director of hockey operations (2007) and one as the assistant executive director of hockey operations (2008).

A full‐time employee of USA Hockey, Johannson joined the organization on Sept. 1, 2000, as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations. He was promoted to senior director of hockey operations, a newly created position, on August 5, 2003. On June 25, 2007, Johannson was elevated to assistant executive director of hockey operations and is responsible for the day‐to‐day management and integration of all in‐sport related initiatives. He handles USA Hockey representation in obtaining players and coaches for national teams in international competition. In addition, Johannson interfaces with the USOC on matters of mutual interest.

He has worked with eight U.S. National Junior Teams, including the 2007 team that earned the bronze medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He also was the lead administrator in hosting the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn., and served as team leader for the gold‐medal winning 2004 U.S. National Junior Team.

A former U.S. National Team member, Johannson spent five years as the general manager of the Twin Cities Vulcans, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Vulcans captured the 2000 USA Hockey Junior A National Championship in Green Bay, Wis.

Johannson, a native of Rochester, Minn., played nine seasons in the International Hockey League, splitting time among three teams. His most productive campaign came in 1988‐89, when he tallied 75 points (35‐40) in 82 games with the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles.

Prior to embarking on his professional career, Johannson played at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped the Badgers capture the 1983 NCAA Division I National Championship.

Johannson resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.