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2020-21 U.S. National Under-17 Team Announced

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 03/25/20, 12:00PM EDT

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Roster includes 23 players who will compete for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program


Photo by Rena Laverty

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, it was announced today. The 23 players, all from the 2004 birth year, will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2020-21 season.

“We're thrilled about the bright, young talent that will make up our U17 roster next season," said Kevin Reiter, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "While we weren't able to hold our typical evaluation camp because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's just one component of our overall process. We're fortunate to have a terrific network of scouts, along with our own staff, in place to help in selecting the team. In the end, it's never easy to get to the final roster as there are so many talented players in our country."

The NTDP is a two-year residency program for high-performance players that is located at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Under-17 Team plays in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the United States, as well as against select competition in the North American Hockey League and Minnesota Elite League. Each season, the U17 Team also competes in three international tournaments.

The complete roster is listed below.

NOTES: Seventeen states are represented on the roster, with Minnesota leading the way with eight natives. Michigan follows with seven, while New Jersey has two players. Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are each home to one player … The 2020-21 U.S. National Under-17 Team will be led by head coach  Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) ... Appert will be joined by associate coach Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.) and assistant coach Brent Darnell (Canton, Mich.) ... The team's first international competition will take place in Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, where they will compete in the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November.

ABOUT THE NTDP: USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program is in its 23rd season of competition and is based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The goal of the full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

2020-21 U.S. National Under-17 Team

POSITION NAME BIRTHDATE SHOT HOMETOWN 2019-20 Team COLLEGE COMMITMENT
F Brady Berard 2004-02-26 L East Greenwich, R.I. Mount St. Charles 15Only Providence College (H-East)
F Logan Cooley 2004-05-04 L West Mifflin, Pa. Pittsburgh Pens Elite 16U University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
F Maddox Fleming 2004-02-13 R Rochester, Minn. Shattuck St. Mary's Prep Not Yet Committed
F Cutter Gauthier 2004-01-19 L Scottsdale, Ariz. Detroit Compuware 16U Not Yet Committed
F Marek Hejduk 2004-01-03 R Parker, Colo. Colorado Thunderbirds 15Only Not Yet Committed
F Isaac Howard 2004-03-30 L Hudson, Wis. Shattuck St. Mary's 16U University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)
F Devin Kaplan 2004-01-10 R Bridgewater, N.J. North Jersey Avalanche 16U Boston University (H-East)
F Cruz Lucius 2004-04-05 R Grant, Minn. Gentry Galaxy 16U University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
F Rutger McGroarty 2004-03-30 L Lincoln, Neb. Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15Only University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
F Frank Nazar 2004-01-14 R Mount Clemens, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked 15Only University of Michigan (Big Ten)
F James Snuggerud 2004-06-01 R Chaska, Minn. Chaska High School Not Yet Committed
F Cole Spicer 2004-06-13 L Grand Forks, N.D. Detroit Honeybaked 15Only University of North Dakota (NCHC)
F Charlie Stramel 2004-10-15 R Rosemount, Minn. Rosemount High School Not Yet Committed
D Hunter Brzustewicz 2004-11-29 R Washington Twp., Mich. Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15Only University of Michigan (Big Ten)
D Seamus Casey 2004-01-08 R Estero, Fla. Florida Alliance 16U University of Michigan (Big Ten)
D Ryan Chesley 2004-02-27 R Mahtomedi, Minn. Shattuck St. Mary's 16U Not Yet Committed
D Tyler Duke 2004-07-19 L Strongsville, Ohio Detroit Compuware 16U University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
D Lane Hutson 2004-02-14 L North Barrington, Ill. NJ Avalanche 16U Boston University (H-East)
D Charlie Leddy 2004-01-11 R Fairfield, Conn. Avon Old Farms Boston College (H-East)
D Kaden Muir 2004-05-09 R Manchester, N.H. Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget Not Yet Committed
D Seamus Powell 2004-04-26 L Marcellus, N.Y. Rochester Selects 15Only Not Yet Committed
G Tyler Muszelik 2004-07-01 L Long Valley, N.J. New Jersey Rockets 15Only Not Yet Committed
G Dylan Silverstein 2004-02-07 L Calabasas, Calif. Dexter Southfield Not Yet Committed

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