ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Forwards Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.), Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Luke Kirwan (DeWitt, N.Y.), Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.), along with defensemen Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich.) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) will join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for the 2013-14 season it was announced today. The players, all from the 1997 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Fischer averaged just over a point per game for the Chicago Mission Midget Minor program in 2012-13. He recorded 26 points (12-14) in 25 contests and is verbally committed to play college hockey for the University of Notre Dame.
Greenway skated for Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn. during the 2012-13 season and amassed 60 points (22-38) in 43 games played.
Kirwan totaled 16 points (11-5) in 34 regular-season games with the Islanders Hockey Club of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He also tallied three goals and registered one assist in four playoff games.
Tkachuk skated with the St. Louis Blues Midget Minor program in 2012-13. He amassed 82 points (25-57) in 41 regular-season games. Tkachuk, who is verbally committed to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame, also totaled 13 points (4-9) in five playoff games.
Warren recently completed the 2012-13 season for the Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.) program. He had 51 points (20-31) in 54 games played. He is verbally committed to play college hockey at the University of Michigan.
Boka skated in 50 games for the Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.) program and totaled 30 points (12-18) in 2012-13.
Werenski skated in 28 games for the Little Caesars Midget Major program in 2012-13. He scored seven goals and added 14 assists as part of the High Performance Hockey League.
The 2013-14 U.S. National Under-17 Team will play in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S. It will also compete in three international competitions, including the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia … Matthew Tkachuk is the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and four-time Olympian (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006), Keith Tkachuk, who spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League.
|Forward||Christian Fischer||Wayne, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|Forward||Jordan Greenway||Potsdam, N.Y.||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)|
|Forward||Luke Kirwan||Dewitt, N.Y.||Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)|
|Forward||Matthew Tkachuk||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|Forward||Brendan Warren||Carleton, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|Defense||Nicholas Boka||Plymouth, Mich.||Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.)|
|Defense||Zach Werenski||Grosse Pointe, Mich.||Little Caesars Midget Major (Mich.)|