USA Hockey's National Team Development Program has announced its complete schedules for both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams for the 2021-22 season. This year marks the NTDP's 25th season of play and seventh at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
Season tickets, flex packs, group tickets and corporate packages are all on sale and can be purchased by visiting USAHockeyNTDP.com/tix or by calling the USA Hockey Arena box office at 734-453-6400 x396.
Below marks some highlights of both schedules!
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will kick off its season with the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota. The U17s will square up against the St. Cloud Norsemen (Sept. 17) and Janesville Jets (Sept. 18).
PLAY WITH PURPOSE
USA Hockey Arena's annual 'Play With Purpose' game to raise awareness against distracted driving will take place when the U18s host the Muskegon Lumberjacks for a preseason tiff on September 18. The game will be played on the Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink sheet.
NTDP vs NCAA
The Under-18 Team will host six college opponents at USA Hockey Arena for the 2021-22 Kroger College series: Michigan State University (Oct. 2), Adrian College (Nov. 5 & Nov. 24), Buffalo State (Nov. 26), Augsburg University (Dec. 29) and the University of Alaska Nanooks (March 9).
The team will hit the rid to take on notable programs like Notre Dame (Oct. 3), Northern Michigan (Oct. 15), Michigan Tech (Oct. 16), Cornell (Oct. 23), Wisconsin (Dec. 3), Boston University (Dec. 12), North Dakota (Jan. 1), Minnesota (Jan. 3) and Providence (March 4).
Both teams will return to their regularly-scheduled three international tournaments throughout the season.
The U17s will play in a Four Nations in Finland in November and another Four Nations in Slovakia in December before hosting the U17 Five Nations at USA Hockey Arena in February.
The U18s begin international play with a Five Nations in Switzerland in November and will travel to Finland in February for another Five Nations tournament. April's IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship will be played in Germany.
The NTDP's schedule is loaded around the holiday season both at home and on the road. USA Hockey Arena will host a doubleheader on the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) as the U17s take on Muskegon (3pm) and the U18s follow against Adrian College (7pm). The 18s continue the Thanksgiving weekend as Buffalo State (Nov. 26) and the Chicago Steel (Nov. 28) will also come to Plymouth.
Leading into the new year, the U18s will host Augsburg University on December 29 (7pm) and the U17s will celebrate with an afternoon puck drop against Youngstown on December 30 (4pm).
To start 2022, the Under-18 Team will travel to Fargo to take on the University of North Dakota (Jan. 1) and swing by the Twin Cities to play the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (Jan. 3). The U17s will have a New Year's Day battle in Muskegon against the Lumberjacks.