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STORRS, Conn. - UConn sophomores Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) and Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) have been invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp announced on Tuesday by USA Hockey. The duo are two of 42 players that have been invited to camp on July 30 through August 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Players will be trying out for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, December 26, 2016 through January 5, 2017 in Montreal and Toronto. The week long camp will include 10 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States.
Prior to coming to Storrs, Masonius and Thompson were teammates on the U.S. National Team Development Program that captured the IIHF U18 World Championship in Switzerland in 2015. Thompson also took part in the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game this past fall. The duo are both 2016 draft eligible.
Thompson put together a big freshman campaign for the Huskies, finishing second on the club with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. His prowess on the power play led to 13 goals, a mark that led the nation. He finished the season with 19 power play points (13g/6a), ranking third in Hockey East and ninth in the NCAA. He finished his freshman season with at least a point 14 of the final 18 games. He ranked fourth among league rookies in scoring and eighth among national leaders.
Masonius led all UConn defensemen in scoring with 21 points on six goals and 15 assists. He finished third on the team in blocked shots with 42. On the season, Masonius was tied for 13th among league defensemen in scoring. On the power play, he had 14 points coming off three goals and 11 assists.
The duo are two of six players from Hockey East to be invited to this year's camp. Joining them is Casey Fitzgerald from Boston College, Charlie McAvoy and Jordan Greenway from Boston University and Erik Foley from Providence.