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Spokane Chiefs forward Jake McGrew named to initial roster for Team USA event

Spokane Chiefs’ Jake McGrew moves the puck up the ice against the Vancouver Giants during a March 10 game at the Arena. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Chiefs’ Jake McGrew moves the puck up the ice against the Vancouver Giants during a March 10 game at the Arena. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Chiefs forward Jake McGrew has been named to the initial Team USA roster for the upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase, USA Hockey announced Friday from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

McGrew is one of 24 American forwards set to compete in the event, scheduled from July 28 to Aug. 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

McGrew, 19, had a strong 2017-18 season with the Chiefs, totaling 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 65 games, including 14 goals and 11 assists after the midseason holiday break.

It was the Orange, California, native’s rookie WHL season after missing the 2016-17 campaign with a knee injury. The San Jose Sharks saw enough from McGrew prior to the injury to select him in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The showcase acts as an audition for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Germany. The weeklong camp will include teams from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden

McGrew has participated in U.S. National Team camps, including the 2016 Under-17 Select Camp, during which he had four goals and five assists in five games with Team Red.


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