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Twenty-One Players Added to 2018-19 U.S. National Under-17 Team

By, 05/07/18, 12:45PM EDT


Players will compete for USA Hockey’s NTDP at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

Photo by Rena Laverty

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Eleven forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program located in Plymouth, Michigan, it was announced today. The 21 players from the 2002 birth year will compete for the U.S. National Under-17 Team for the 2018-19 season.

The Under-17 Team will play in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the United States, as well as select competition against teams in the North American Hockey League and Minnesota Elite League. It will also compete in three international tournaments, including the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, 2018 Four Nations Tournament and 2019 Five Nations Tournament.

2018-19 U.S. National Under-17 Team

Position First Name Last Name Birth Date ('02) Hometown College Commitment (Verbal) S/C 2017-18 Team
F Matthew Beniers Nov. 5 Hingham, Mass. Not Yet Committed L Milton Academy (Mass.)
F Brett Berard Sep. 9 E. Greenwich, R.I. Providence College L Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) HS
F Thomas Bordeleau Jan. 3 Houston, Texas Not Yet Committed L Esther-Blondin AAA
F Tanner Latsch Jan. 2 Twin Lake, Mich. University of Wisconsin R HoneyBaked 16U
F Hunter McKown Aug. 18 St. Louis, Mo. Not Yet Committed R St. Louis Blues AAA 16U
F Dylan Peterson Jan. 8 Roseville, Calif. Boston University R CIH Academy (Ontario) White
F Landon Slaggert June 25 South Bend, Ind. University of Notre Dame L Chicago Mission 16U
F Ty Smilanic Jan. 20 Elizabeth, Colo. University of Denver L Colorado Thunderbirds 16U
F Hunter Strand Nov. 13 Anchorage, Alaska University of Notre Dame L Alaska Oilers 16U
F Luke Tuch March 7 Baldwinsville, N.Y. Boston University L Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U
F Chase Yoder May 28 Fairview, Texas Not Yet Committed L Dallas Stars Elite 16U
D Brock Faber Aug. 22 Maple Grove, Minn. University of Notre Dame R Osseo-Maple Grove 14AA
D Owen Gallatin June 17 Hugo, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth L White Bear Lake (Minn.) HS
D Connor Kelley July 30 Maple Grove, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth R Maple Grove (Minn.) HS
D Tyler Kleven Jan. 10 Fargo, N.D. University of North Dakota L Davies (N.D.) HS
D Daniel Laatsch Feb. 13 Altoona, Wis. University of Wisconsin L Notre Dame de la Baie (Wis.) Academy
D Eamon Powell May 10 Marcellus, N.Y. Boston College R Rochester Coalition 15-Only
D Jake Sanderson July 8 Whitefish, Mont. University of North Dakota L Edge School 15-Only
D Jacob Truscott April 12 Fort Gratiot, Mich. University of Michigan L Little Caesars 15-Only
G Drew Commesso July 19 Norwell, Mass. Boston University L St. Sebastian's (Mass.) School
G Noah Grannan April 27 Germantown, Wis. University of Wisconsin L Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 16U

NOTES: Fourteen states are represented on the roster, with Minnesota leading the way with three natives. Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin all have two players. Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, and Rhode Island each have one player … Seventeen players have verbally committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey … Forwards Landon Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.) and Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) both have older brothers who graduated from the NTDP (Graham Slaggert, Alex Tuch) …  Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) is the son of Sebastien Bordeleau who spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild. He is the grandson of Paulin Bordeleau who played for the Vancouver Canucks from 1973-76 … Landon Slaggert is the son of Andy Slaggert who has coached at the University of Notre Dame since 1993-94.

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