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Braden Holt named to USA Hockey 2022 National Junior Evaluation Camp

EVERETT, Wash. — Everett Silvertips netminder Braden Holt has officially been named to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp ahead of the 2022 and 2023 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Holt is one of 60 players, five of them goaltenders, invited to the camp which begins on July 24 and runs through Aug. 3. Holt recorded a widely successful year in Everett, posting a 24-6-4 record with a 2.56 goals-against average (8th in the Western Hockey League) with a .909 save percentage (11th) and four shutouts (T-fourth). The 18-year-old from Bozeman, MT was a member of USA Hockey’s U-18 World Junior Championship squad in 2020.

Holt has 29 career victories in 47 WHL appearances spread across three seasons. He came to Everett having been drafted in the 12th round of the 2018 Prospects Draft.

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Per USA Hockey’s release:

The 2022 U.S. National Junior Team will play in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta, and the final 23-player roster is expected to be announced by August 3. The tournament was originally scheduled for Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, but was canceled due to COVID.

The roster for the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team, which will play in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, is expected to be announced in mid-December.

A total of 21 states are represented among the 60 invited players, comprised of 35 forwards, 20 defensemen and five goaltenders.

Most recently, the U.S. earned gold at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, its fifth top-of-the-podium finish in the event. The U.S. has claimed 13 total medals in the World Juniors, including five gold (2021, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), two silver (2019, 1997) and six bronze (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986).

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