Three Minnesota Duluth players were named Wednesday to the 29-man preliminary roster of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, to be held Dec. 25, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Sophomore defensemen Dylan Samberg of Hermantown and Mikey Anderson are seeking to make their second U.S. National Junior Team after winning bronze with Team USA in Buffalo, N.Y., a year ago. Freshman forward Noah Cates is hoping to make his World Juniors debut.

All three will take part in a training camp Dec. 15-17 in Everett, Wash. The team then moves to Kamloops, B.C., for training. Team USA will play pre-tournament games against Russia on Dec. 20 in Kamloops and Czech Republic on Dec. 22 in Langley, B.C.

The U.S. National Junior Team is coached by Minnesota State-Mankato coach Mike Hastings, with Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin as an assistant.

Should Samberg, Anderson and Cates make the final 23-man roster, they would miss the 2018 Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale, Ariz., Dec. 28-29 - along with Sandelin and Hastings - in which UMD opens against the Mavericks.