ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Fifty-two of the top American players born in 1997 have been invited to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The camp, which will help select the 2013-14 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 22-26, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.
"Our entire staff works tirelessly all year long to prepare for this important first step in building a team," said Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "We look forward to evaluating these talented young men both on and off the ice."
The players will be divided into three teams - Red, White and Blue - and will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games. Each team will consist of nine forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
A full evaluation camp game schedule can be found below. Games designated with an asterisk are 30-minute sessions.
NTDP alumni Cole Bassett (Oakdale, Minn./1998-2000) and David Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Trent Palm (Edina, Minn./2004-06), also a former NTDP defenseman, will serve behind the bench.
NOTES: The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 23 different states. Michigan leads the way with eight natives on the roster, while New York is second with six. Minnesota and Missouri claim five players each.
UPDATE: Defenseman Charles McAvoy (Long Island, N.Y.) and forwards Karch Bachman (Wolcottville, Ind.) and Sam Miletic (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) have been added to the evaluation camp roster.
|Sat., March 23||Red vs. White*||10:45 a.m.|
|Red vs. Blue*||12:00 p.m.|
|White vs. Blue*||1:15 p.m.|
|Blue vs. White||7:00 p.m.|
|Sun., March 24||White vs. Red||10:15 a.m.|
|Red vs. Blue||5:45 p.m.|
|Mon., March 25||Blue vs. White*||4:30 p.m.|
|White vs. Red*||5:45 p.m.|
|Red vs. Blue*||7:00 p.m.|
* 30-minute sessions.
Photos by Tom Sorensen.
|F||Nolan Aibel||Brookville, N.Y.||NJ Rockets Jr. A (AJHL)|
|F||Karch Bachman||Wolcottville, Ind.||Culver Academy (Ind.)|
|F||Tarek Baker||Verona, Wis.||Omaha Lancers Midget Minor|
|F||Jeremy Bracco||Freeport, N.Y.||NJ Rockets Jr. A (AJHL)|
|F||Kevin Conley||Wausau, Wis.||Wausau West High School|
|F||Ryan Dmowski||East Lyme, Conn.||Gunnery School (Conn.)|
|F||Christian Fischer||Wayne, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|F||Brent Gates||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|F||Carson Gicewicz||Orchard Park, N.Y.||Nichols School (N.Y.)|
|F||Gordie Green||Ann Arbor, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|F||Jordan Greenway||Potsdam, N.Y.||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)|
|F||Jacob Henderson||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|F||Robert Jackson||Alameda, Calif.||LA Jr. Kings Midget Minor|
|F||Charlie Kelleher||Longmeadow, Mass.||Boston Jr. Bruins Midget Major|
|F||Luke Kirwan||Dewitt, N.Y.||Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)|
|F||Luke Kunin||Chesterfield, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|F||Auston Matthews||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Arizona Bobcats Midget Minor|
|F||Sam Miletic||Bloomfield Township, Mich.||Cranbrook-Kingswood (Mich.)|
|F||Tom Novak||River Falls, Wis.||St. Thomas Academy (Minn.)|
|F||Aaron O'Neill||Franklin, Tenn.||TPH Thunder Midget Minor|
|F||Donovan Ott||Lebanon, Pa.||Selects Academy (Conn.)|
|F||Chase Pearson||Alpharetta, Ga.||Atlanta Fire Midget Minor|
|F||Ethan Price||Lincoln, Neb.||Omaha Lancers Midget Minor|
|F||Jack Roslovic||Columbus, Ohio||Ohio Blue Jackets Midget Minor|
|F||Brody Stevens||Ann Arbor, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|F||Matthew Tkachuk||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|F||Tanner Tweten||East Grand Forks, Minn.||East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School|
|F||Brendan Warren||Carleton, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|F||Colin White||Hanover, Mass.||Nobles and Greenough (Mass.)|
|F||Dennis Yan||Troy, Mich.||Belle Tire Midget Major (Mich.)|
|D||Tye Ausmus||East Grand Forks, Minn.||East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School|
|D||Nicholas Boka||Plymouth, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|D||Michael Davies||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|D||Christian Evers||Waukee, Iowa||Omaha Lancers Midget Minor|
|D||Logan Fauber||Niwot, Colo.||Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Minor|
|D||Casey Fitzgerald||North Reading, Mass.||Malden Catholic High School (Mass.)|
|D||Grant Gabriele||Brighton, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|D||Colin Gallagher||Mendota Heights, Minn.||Henry Sibley High School (Minn.)|
|D||Noah Hanifin||Norwood, Mass.||St. Sebastian's School (Mass.)|
|D||Nick Heid||Fridley, Minn.||Spring Lake Park (Minn.)|
|D||Caleb Jones||Frisco, Texas||Dallas Stars Midget Minor|
|D||Vasili Kolias||Schaumburg, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|D||Joseph Masonius||Spring Lake, N.J.||NJ Hitmen Midget Minor|
|D||Charles McAvoy||Long Beach, N.Y.||NJ Rockets Jr. B (MJHL)|
|D||Ben Newhouse||Edina, Minn.||Benilde-St. Margaret's School (Minn.)|
|D||Steven Ruggiero||Kings Park, N.Y.||Metro Moose Jr. B (MJHL)|
|D||Zach Werenski||Grosse Pointe, Mich.||Little Caesars Midget Major (Mich.)|
|D||Spencer Young||Brentwood, N.H.||Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.)|
|G||Kris Carlson||Centreville, Va.||Washington Little Caps Midget Minor|
|G||Matt Jurusik||La Grange, Ill.||Chicago Fury Midget Minor|
|G||Michael Lackey||Washington, D.C.||Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.)|
|G||Conor O'Brien||Pinellas Park, Fla.||Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)|
|G||Luke Opilka||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blue Midget Minor|
|G||Bailey Seagraves||Hilliard, Ohio||Ohio Blue Jackets Midget Minor|