UMaine freshman goalie Jeremy Swayman has made the preliminary roster for the U.S. Junior National Team that will play in the World Junior Championship Tournament coming up later this month.

The 19-year-old Anchorage, Alaska goalie is now one of three goalies with a shot at playing for the USA at the IIHF Tournament to be held in Buffalo from December 26th to January 5th. The other two goalies are BU's Jake Oettinger and BC's Joe Woll. Both goalies played on last year's gold medal winning USA team.

The international tournament highlights the top players, under 20-years-old, from all over the world. The U.S. team will be coached by St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko.

Swayman has taken over the #1 goalie spot for the Black Bears. He is 5-3-1 with a 2.38 GAA and a .925%.

Beginning December 15th, Swayman will take part in training camps in Ohio and New York. A final USA team roster will be set by the 23rd.

11 UMaine players have played for the USA World Junior Team in the past, including goalies Jimmy Howard (2003) and Mike Dunham (1991, 1992). The last Black Bear to play for the team was forward Greg Moore in 2004.

To check out the full preliminary USA roster, click here...

NOTE: UMaine hockey plays its final two games of the first semester this weekend at Quinnipiac.