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Balisy Heads to the USA Evaluation Camp

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 08/05/2011
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Western Michigan hockey's Chase Balisy is headed to Lake Placid, N.Y., to take part in the USA National Junior Evaluation Camp for a chance to play for the United States in the 2012 World Junior Championships in December.

Bailsy, who will be blogging on during his time at the camp, will be one of 40 position players battling for one of 22 roster spots for the tournament in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. The recent draft pick of the Nashville Predators has been putting in extra work for the chance to represent his country again, which he did before when he played with the US National Development Program Under 18 team.

"I've been doing a lot of conditioning," said Balisy. "It has been a lot of extra running and staying after to do more skating."

Balisy, who was second on the team in scoring as a freshman with 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists, was named to the camp evaluation roster back on June 9. Putting on the Red, White and Blue is something that gives him much pride.

"I think right when you put on that USA jersey, it hits you right away," described Balisy. "You are playing for you country, playing for everyone that lives in the US. It is big thing to do and a tough thing to do."

The Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native will be among familiar faces as 20 of the invitees are from Division I college hockey programs and also some from his days with the USNTDP team.

"I've played with about half of these guys either in tournaments when i was growing up or some from the U-18 team," added Balisy. "These are the best prospects in the country. Everyone there wants to make the team and give it their all."

Balisy will participate in three games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Cuts will be made on Tuesday and if he makes the team he will stay at the camp until August 14th.