SIGNING DAY: The Under-18 Team saw 11 players sign their National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I hockey at various colleges on Wednesday (Nov. 13). Boston University led the way with three commits in Drew Commesso, Dylan Peterson and Luke Tuch. Forwards Brett Berard and Chase Yoder committed to Providence College. Defensemen Tyler Kleven and Jake Sanderson are off to the University of North Dakota after their NTDP careers. Connor Kelley (Minnesota-Duluth), Daniel Laatsch (Wisconsin), Eamon Powell (Boston College) and Landon Slaggert (Notre Dame) rounded out the NTDP's collegiate signings.
CENTRAL SCOUTING: NHL Central Scouting released its updated player rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. NTD U18 forward Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was one of five players upgraded to an A rating. Teammates Brett Berard (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Chase Yoder (Fairview, Texas) also improved their ratings to B-ranked skaters. Overall, 18 NTDP players are listed in the rankings.
WE'VE GOT THE POWER: The Under-18 Team has scored a power-play goal in each of its last five games played. Matthew Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) leads the team with two PPG over that span and three goals overall with the man advantage this season.
COMMESS-NO: U18 goalie Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass.) won all three of his starts at the Five Nations to lead Team USA to the championship. The Boston University commit pitched his second shutout of the season and fifth of his NTDP career in the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Commesso finished the tournament with a 0.97 GAA and .957 save percentage.
HOMECOMING: Des Moines Buccaneers goaltender Cameron Rowe will return to USA Hockey Arena for the first time since playing for the NTDP the past two seasons. Rowe appeared in 73 games for Team USA across his two years in the program.
LAST TIME OUT: The U18s swept four games at the Five Nations tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden.
SUNDSVALL, Sweden - The U.S. National Under-18 Team topped Sweden, 3-1, to sweep all four games and take home the Five Nations championship Sunday afternoon at Sundsvall Energi Arena.
Matthew Beniers (Hingham, Mass.), Brett Berard (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Hunter Strand (Anchorage, Alaska) all tallied for Team USA, while goaltender Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass.) picked up his third win of the tournament in net.
The U17s went 5-1-1 at the World Under-17 Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, and finished the tournament in second place.
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Finland, 8-4 in its quarterfinal match-up today (Nov. 7) at the Under-17 Hockey Challenge behind a hat trick from Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.).
MEDICINE HAT, Alta.- The U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Canada White, 7-3 in their semifinal game tonight (Nov. 8) behind two goals from Jeremy Wilmer (Rockville Centre, N.Y.).
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team earned second place at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tonight after falling to Russia, 6-2 in the championship game.
PLAYER FEATURE: Outdoor Rink Helped Stir Justin Janicke's (Maple Grove, Minn.) Love For Hockey. Read the full feature on USAHockeyNTDP.com.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS AT USA HOCKEY ARENA: The NTDP will host a variety of promotional nights at USA Hockey Arena in the month of November:
Fri., Nov. 15 — $5 Fun Night | Alzheimer's Awareness Night
Fri., Nov. 22 & Sat., Nov. 23 -- Carnival Weekend
A full list of USA Hockey promotional nights are available at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Promos.