US U-18 Select Team Named
The USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp in Amherst, NY wrapped up today with an All-Star game, after which 21 players were chosen to play for the US in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer and Edmonton, Alberta August 6-11.
The 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, former known as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in honor of the great Czechoslovakian player and coach who died in a 2004 car crash at the age of 54, is being held in North America for the first time since 1996.
In addition to the US, competing teams are: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Needless to say, it's an important event for NHL scouting departments looking ahead to the 2019 NHL draft.
Of the 21 players today, 11 states are represented, with Michigan (5) and Minnesota (4) leading the way.
2018 US Under-18 Select Team
Derek Mullahy -- Dexter School/ Harvard
Dustin Wolf -- Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Dylan Davies -- Chicago Mission U16/ Michigan State
Michael Feenstra -- Fox Motors U16/ Michigan State
Mike Koster -- Chaska HS/ U. of Minnesota
Mitch Miller -- Honeybaked U16/ U. of North Dakota
Luke Reid -- Penticton (BCHL)/ U. of North Dakota
Cade Webber -- The Rivers School/ Boston University
Sam Colangelo -- Lawrence Academy/ Northeastern
John Farinacci -- Dexter School/ Harvard
Josh Groll -- Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U/ U. of Michigan
Aaron Huglen -- Roseau HS/ U. of Minnesota
Jackson Jutting -- Prior Lake HS/ Colorado College
Arthur Kaliyev -- Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Michael Mancinelli -- Madison (USHL) /U. of North Dakota
Robert Mastrosimone -- Chicago (USHL) / Boston University
Josh Nodler -- Honeybaked U16 / Michigan State
Tyler Paquette -- Des Moines (USHL) / Penn State
Nicholas Robertson -- Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Grant Silianoff -- Shattuck-St. Mary's / Notre Dame
Luke Toporowski -- Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Cory Laylin -- Hamline University
Pat Ferschweiler -- Detroit Red Wings
Shane Connelly -- U. of Wisconsin
Joe Bonnett -- USA Hockey ADM
Today's All-Star Game, between the Blue and White teams, was won, 4-1, by Blue. Brendan Brisson, who didn't make the Hlinka team, led all scorers with a goal and a pair of assists. Clay Hanus, Mitch Miller and Sam Colangeloalso scored for the winners. John Farinacci scored White's only goal.
Here are the players who were chosen for the All-Star Game but did not get selected to the Hlinka Team. A tip of the cap to them, too!
Niklas Andrews, Jake Boltmann, Ethan Wolthers, Brendan Brisson, Austen Swankler, Jake Hale, and Jake Dunlap.
Logan Steein, Jackson LaCombe, Cole McWard, Mason Reiners, Cam Thiesing, Nate Warner, Samuel Strange, Robert Christy, Lucas Svejkovsky, Dan Russell, and Jacob Zacharewicz.
7/30/18 -- updated
Kings of East Coast Showcase
The Kings of East Coast Summer Showcase gets underway tomorrow, Tues. July 31st and runs through Thurs. Aug. 2nd.
The Showcase -- for '99s, '00s, '01s, and '02s -- consists of 10 teams made up entirely of top uncommitted players, so you may find a diamond in the rough.
Due to ice problems at Tsongas Arena, Tuesday's games have been shifted to the Salem IceCenter (60 Lowell Road, Salem, NH). The schedule will remain the same. It is hoped that Wednesday and Thursday's game will be held back at Tsongas. We'll keep you informed.
The tournament is run by Vinnie Montalbono and John Healy.
Thurs. 7/19/18-updated 7/26
U.S. Rosters for Junior Camp
USA Hockey today announced the rosters for the two teams -- Blue and White -- that will be appearing at the 2018 World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, BC July 28-Aug. 4.
On Aug. 1, Team USA will cut half the players and enter one US Team into the competition against Canada, Finland and Sweden.
Northeastern's Jerry Keefe has been added as an assistant coach to the team, joining Mike Hastings, David Lassonde, Steve Miller, and Scott Sandelin.
Goaltenders (2): Kyle Keyser -- (Oshawa -- OHL), Keith Petruzelli (Quinnipiac).
Defensemen (7): Josh Ess (Wisconsin), David Farrance (BU), Max Gildon (UNH), K'Andre Miller (NTDP U18), Tommy Miller (Michigan State), Alec Regula (London -- OHL), Dylan Samberg (Minn.-Duluth), Reilly Walsh (Harvard).
Forwards (12): Evan Barratt (Penn State), Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa -- OHL), Logan Cockerill (BU), Paul Cotter (Lincoln -- USHL), Sean Dhooge (Wisconsin), Jon Gruden (NTDP U18), Logan Hutsko (BC), Brandon Krause (Bowling Green), Jacob McGrew (Spokane -- WHL), Ryan Poehling (St. Cloud State), Brady Tkachuk (BU), Jake Wise (NTDP U18).
Goaltenders (2): Spencer Knight (NTDP U18), Cayden Primeau (Northeastern).
Defensemen (7): Matt Anderson (Minn.-Duluth), Mikey Anderson (Minn.-Duluth), Quinn Hughes (Michigan), Joe Keane (Barrie -- OHL), Phil Kemp (Yale), Ben Mirageas (PC), Mattias Samuelsson (NTDP U18).
Forwards (12): Noah Cates (Omaha -- USHL), Cole Coskey (Saginaw -- OHL), Jack Drury (Waterloo -- USHL), Joel Farabee (NTDP U18), Curtis Hall (Youngstown -- USHL), Jack Hughes (NTDP U18), , Ivan Lodnia (Erie -- OHL), Grant Mismash (North Dakota), Josh Norris (Michigan), Jay O'Brien (Thayer), Jason Robertson (Kingston -- OHL), Oliver Wahlstrom (NTDP U18).
UNH D Max Gildon, a '99 from Plano, Texas, has been added to the camp, replacing D K'Andre Miller, who is unable to attend due to illness.
U.S. U-17 Select Team Picked
At the conclusion of the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp Friday in Amherst, NY, twenty participants were chosen for a spot on the 2018 U.S. Under-17 Select Team which will represent the U.S. August 15-19 at the Five Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia.
The Five Nations field is composed of the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and, of course, the United States.
The team's head coach will be Mark Dennehy, head coach of the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).
Players on the US team hail from 12 different states, with Minnesota (5), leading the way. New York and Ohio each have three players going. Nine other states are sending one player apiece.
2018 U.S. Under-17 Select Team ('02s)
Gavin Fitzpatrick -- Thayer Academy
Colin Purcell -- Cleveland Barons 15U
Jared Crespo -- NJ Avalanche 16U
Christian Jimenez -- Taft School
Wyatt Kaiser -- Andover (Minn.) HS
David Ma -- Shattuck-St. Mary's 16U
Jake Ratzloff -- Rosemount (Minn.) HS
Nathan Schweitzer -- Benilde-St. Margaret's HS
Carson Bantle -- Shattuck-St. Mary's 16U
Blake Biondi -- Hermantown (Minn.) HS
Michael Cameron -- Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 16U
Tanner Dickinson -- Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U
Daniyal Dzhaniyev -- New Jersey Jr. Titans 15U
Mark Estapa -- Little Caesar's U15
Cross Hanas -- Dallas Stars 16U
Jonston Meiers -- Eagan HS
Dane Montgomery -- Team North Dakota 16U
Matt Samoskevitch -- Shattuck-St. Mary's 16U
Ben Schoen -- Little Caesar's U15
Jack Williams -- Selects Hockey Academy 15U
Head Coach -- Mark Dennehy
Assistant Coach -- Roger Grillo
Assistant Coach -- Matthew Curley
Assistant Coach -- Joseph Palmer
Friday's All-Star game was won, 7-4, by Team Blue. Defenseman Christian Jimenez (1g,1a) and forwards Dane Dowiak (1g,1a), and Tanner Dickinson (1g,1a) led the Blue attack, but their offense was actually pretty spread out.
Team White's top guns were Daniyal Dzhaniyev (1g,3a), Cross Hanas (1g,2a) and Blake Biondi (1g,1a).
Here are the All-Stars who didn't make the final cut. Congratulations to them as well.
Peyton Grainer, Benjamin Dexheimer, Avery Winslow, Ryan Beck, Michael Citara, Artem Shlaine, Aidan Thompson, Dane Dowiak, Patrick Schmiedlin, and Riley Duran.
Luke Pavicich, Victor Mancini, Michael Suda, John Opilka, Bryce Montgomery, Cle Vallese, Nathaniel Hanley, Maatthew Coronato, Kyle Kukkonen, and Cameron Berg.
Senior Chowder Cup This Weekend
The Senior Chowder Cup gets underway this weekend (July 12-15) at four area rinks: Foxboro Sports Center, Canton Ice Houise, Boch Ice Center and Bridgewater Arena.
There will be 98 teams in total (46 from the College Open Division; 52 from the Jr. A Elite Division).
Results and standings, as well as any rosters missing from the program can be found here: