ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Fifty-two of the top American hockey players born in 1998 have been invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp it was announced today by team officials. The camp, which will help select the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 21-25, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.
“We’re excited to welcome another talented crop of players to our tryout camp,” said Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP. “The entire scouting staff puts in days, months and years of hard work to identify what we believe are the nation’s top players in this age group.”
The 52 players, including 19 defensemen, 27 forwards and six goaltenders, will be divided into three teams – Red, White and Blue. The squads will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games.
NTDP alumni Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn./2004-06), Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich./2004-05) and David Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Dan Naurato will also work behind the bench.
The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Minnesota leads the way with 12 natives on the roster, while Michigan is second with eight. Illinois and Missouri boast six players each followed closely by New York (4) … Blake Geoffrion earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 2010 as the top player in college hockey while skating with the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his time as a Badger, Geoffrion represented the U.S. with the NTDP, helping Team USA to a gold medal at the 2006 World Under-18 Championship. Geoffrion also appeared in two World Junior Championships (2007-08), capturing bronze in 2007 … Kyle Lawson played in four seasons with the University of Notre Dame (2006-10). Before his days with the Fighting Irish, Lawson was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2005. The defenseman would go on to serve as alternate captain during Team USA’s bronze-medal finish at the 2007 World Junior Championship … David Tanabe was among the inaugural group of athletes to train at the NTDP in Ann Arbor, Mich., during the 1997-98 season. Tanabe was drafted in the first round by Carolina in 1999 and became the first NTDP alumnus to play in the NHL. He played in 449 NHL games with Carolina, Phoenix and Boston.
2014 NTDP Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
|Sat., March 22||Red vs. White*||10:45 a.m.|
|Red vs. Blue*||12:00 p.m.|
|White vs. Blue*||1:15 p.m.|
|Blue vs. White||7:00 p.m.|
|Sun., March 23||White vs. Red||10:15 a.m.|
|Red vs. Blue||5:45 p.m.|
|Mon., March 24||Blue vs. White*||4:30 p.m.|
|Red vs. White*||5:45 p.m.|
|Red vs. Blue*||7:00 p.m.|