UND incoming freshmen Gage Ausmus and Keaton Thompson are two of 40 players who have been invited to participate in the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp.
Ausmus, of East Grand Forks, and Thompson, of Devils Lake, are among 16 defensemen who will compete at the camp. Both players also will be eligible to play at the World Juniors the following year.
Jordan Schmaltz is two months too old to play in the World Juniors this season.
If either Ausmus or Thompson makes the final roster, they probably wouldn’t miss any regular-season games. UND has a long break from Dec. 14 to Jan. 10. UND is trying to set up exhibition games in British Columbia during that time.
The World Juniors will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.