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Two Vees alumni crack USA camp roster

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Two Vees alumni were named to USA Hockey's 27-man preliminary roster for the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Junior Hockey Championships.

The announcement came Tuesday and means Mario Lucia (Notre Dame/Wild '12) and Mike Reilly (Minnestota/Blue Jackets '12) can attend camp Dec. 16-18 in Tarrytown, New York. Another camp will follow in Helsinki, Finland with the final 23-man roster announced on Dec. 23.


Last season, the two played their first and only season in the BCHL, helping guide the Vees to their second National Championship and first in 26 years.


Lucia finished second in team scoring, with 94 points in 56 games and finished tied for first in league scoring with teammate Bryce Gervais. It was those numbers that resulted in Lucia being named BCHL Interior Conference Rookie of the Year. Lucia is coming off a three-goal weekend versus Lake Superior State, which earned him CCHA Rookie of the Week honours. Since returning from a broken leg in August, Lucia has four goals and five points in six games.


Reilly has had a solid start to his freshman season a the University of Minnesota. In 15 games with the Gophers, Reilly has one goal and eight points, helping the Gophers to a 10-3-2 record and a top four ranking in Division I Men's Hockey. Last season, the Chanhassen, Minnessota native led all BCHL defensemen in goals, assists and points and won the Interior Conference Defenseman of the Year award.

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