Terry primed for No. 1 vs. No. 2
Winger also on U.S. junior team
Troy Terry is trying to avoid divided hockey attentions.
The University of Denver’s sophomore winger will be on the ice for the Friday and Saturday matchups between No. 1ranked Minnesota-Duluth and the No. 2 Pioneers at Magness Arena. With eight goals and 14 points, he’s tied with Dyan Gambrell as the Pioneers’ thirdleading scorer, behind senior defenseman Will Butcher, an Avalanche draft choice; and freshman center Henrik Borgstrom, who is expected to miss the series because of an unspecified illness.
“For right now, my biggest focus has to be Minnesota-Duluth,” Terry said. “We know how good a team they are.”
Yet this week Terry also was named to the United States team’s preliminary roster for the Dec. 26-Jan. 5 World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto. The team will have a training camp in Buffalo Dec. 16-20, and the roster will be slightly pared, but Terry seems to have a good chance of representing his country in the under-20 tournament. Only 16 forwards were invited to the camp.
“You have guys coming from all different areas, all different programs, and most of the guys coming in are playing really big roles on their teams now,” Terry said. “They might be thrown into roles with this team they’re not used to playing. I have to just do what I know and play a good two-way game. To go would be a big honor for me. It’s been a team and a tournament I’ve watched since I was little. To be able to represent my own country is pretty awesome.”
Terry, a fifth-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 NHL draft, attended the U.S. team’s evaulation camp at Plymouth, Mich., in August.
“That was kind of the first taste of how important it was to USA Hockey,” he said. “The emphasis they put on it in the summer, even a couple of months before the season started, was pretty special to see.”
Terry has been in the national teams pipeline at least since he played for the U.S. under-18 team with the National Team Development Program in Michigan in 2014-15, the season before he enrolled at DU. What also seems remarkable now is that it’s not all that startling that Terry is from Highlands Ranch.
That’s a far cry from the preAvalanche era when a Colorado product in the Pioneer program was a rarity. Terry is a product of the powerhouse Colorado Thunderbirds program, and he was on the 16-and-under Tier I team coached by Angelo Ricci that was the runnerup in the 2014 national tournament.
“It’s a feather in the cap for him,” DU coach Jim Montgomery said of Terry’s selection to the WJC prelliminary roster. “The dedication he showed this summer in the weight room and what he’s done in becoming a go-to guy for us, he’s earned that right. He’s got to make the team still, but we want him to make the team. Him representing his country, playing in big moments is only going to help him help us, once we play in big moments at the end of this year. These past four weeks is the most consistent hockey he’s played for us at both ends of the ice. He’s been really dynamic.”
If Terry makes the WJC roster, he would miss one DU series, against Providence, Dec. 30-31, and then it depends on how far the Americans advance.