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.
|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|