The 2024 World Junior Summer Showcase begins on July 26 in Plymouth, Michigan and runs through August 3.

On Thursday, USA Hockey selected 46 players to participate in the event, which also includes teams from Finland, Canada and Sweden.

The players will be evaluated over the course of the eight games and each of them hopes to be named to the national team for the IIHF U2025 World Junior Championship in Ottawa in December.

Of these 46, four have ties to New Jersey. Three of them were selected in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

Here you are.

Drew Fortescue, D

Fortescue was on the roster for this exhibition last year and eventually made the 2024 Junior National Team. In seven World Junior Championship games, the defender scored one goal and three assists, helping the U.S. national team to a gold medal.

This happened in the middle of his debut season for Boston College. In 40 games, Fortescue scored four goals and provided four assists. His team marched to the Frozen Four and narrowly lost to the University of Denver in the final.

Aram Minnetian, D

Minnetian was called up to the World Junior Championships squad due to injury. Although he did not play, he was still on the ice to celebrate winning the gold medal with his teammates.

The 6-foot-3 defenseman also played in 40 games for Boston College this season. He had three goals and six assists as a freshman, but no goal was more important than the one he scored with 4:44 left in regulation against Quinnipiac in the Providence Regional Final to tie the game. His team won in overtime and advanced to the Frozen Four.

John Whipple, D

Whipple never played high school hockey in New Jersey, but is a Morristown native who spent time with the New Jersey Colonials. He played two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary's before spending two more with the USNTDP. Whipple had six goals and 24 assists in 121 games with the USNTDP. He is scheduled to skate for the University of Minnesota this fall.

He is eligible for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

Chris Pelosi, F

  • team: Catholic Church in Gloucestershire

Pelosi spent his freshman season at Gloucester Catholic in 2019–20, scoring 13 goals and five assists and helping his team win both the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public Final.

He moved to Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island for the next two seasons. After a stint with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL in the 2022-23 season, he played 43 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. So far, he has played 99 games with the Stampede in two seasons, scoring 34 goals and 40 assists. He had a plus-24 rating in the 2023-24 season and will transfer to Quinnipiac University in the fall.

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