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2017-18 Season Recap: Making History

The 2017-18 season was historic for the NTDP in so many ways. From goal scoring to shutouts to a playoff berth,  we'll be recapping the season with graphics and videos that will be housed on this page. 

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The Highlights

Scorer's Delight

The 2017-18 NTDP teams were a high-scoring bunch. The teams combined for 591 goals in 123 games, averaging 4.8 goals per game as a program. The combined Team USA scored 295 goals in USHL play, the most goals scored since the 1994-95 season.

It was Erik Middendorf (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who scored the final home goal for Team USA at USA Hockey Arena in a 10-6 victory against Youngstown. 

Year-End Videos

The NTDP recapped some the U17s (left) and U18s (right) best highlights and behind the scenes moments from the 2017-18 season! 

Shooting Gallery

The 2017-18 NTDP squad shot the puck... a lot. The teams combined for 3853 shots in 123 games, averaging over 31 shots per game as a program. 

Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) led all Team USA players with 288 shots on goal on the season (4.65/game). He translated that into 48 goals. 

This doesn't get old... One of 3 last Saturday for @owahlstrom97.

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Making Saves

The 2017-18 NTDP goaltenders came up BIG in a lot of games. The four goaltenders combined to record 3,143 saves over the course of the season! 

Point Totals

The NTDP tallied an impressive 1,583 points for the 2017-18 season, with Jack Hughes setting the U17's point record and coming just one point shy of Auston Matthew's program record with 116. 

World U17 Hockey Challenge Champions

The U.S. took first place at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for the first time in three years and fifth time overall after defeating Canada Red in the championship game and going 7-0-0 in the tournament. Cole Caufield netted a hat trick in the final game while Jack Hughes led the tournament in points with 15. 


DeRidder Undefeated

Drew DeRidder went undefeated in USHL play during 2017-18, recording 15 wins, a 2.55 goals-allowed-average and a 0.903 save percentage.

Perfect in International Play

The Under-17s shined on the international stage as they placed first in the World Under-17 Challenge, Four Nations and Five Nations tournaments, resulting in an undefeated record of 14-0 in international play.

Wahlstrom Point Leader

Oliver Wahlstrom led the U18s in multiple stat categories, including points, goals and assists. The New York Islanders draft pick also led the USHL in best plus-minus for the 2017-18 season.

Eastern Conference Champs

2017-18 marked the first time the NTDP became USHL Eastern Conference Champions, after defeating the Chicago Steel, 4-3, in the conference semifinals. 

More Highlights To Come...