Players will compete for USA Hockey’s NTDP at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2019-20 it was announced today. The roster includes Illinois Sean Behrens (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe). The 23 players – all from the 2003 birth year – come from 14 different states. Click HERE to view roster.
“As a staff, we are thrilled about the bright, young talent we have on our roster,” said Kevin Reiter, director of player personnel for USA Hockey’s NTDP. “We’re confident that they will contribute to the long history of success the National Team Development Program has had, and are excited to see what they can accomplish this upcoming season.”
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, including the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, 2020 Four Nations Tournament and 2020 Five Nations Tournament.
NOTES: Of the 14 states are represented on the roster, Michigan leads the way with four natives. Minnesota follows with three, while Arizona, California, Florida and Illinois all have two players. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia each have one player … Nineteen players have verbally committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey … Defenseman Luke Hughes (Canton, Mich.) and forwards Justin Janicke(Maple Grove, Minn) and Sasha Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) all have brothers who graduated from the NTDP (Quinn Hughes, Jack Hughes, Trevor Janicke, Michael Pastujov, Nick Pastujov) … Forward Tyler Boucher (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is the son of Brian Boucher who spent parts of 13 seasons as a goaltender in the NHL … Caden Brown (Chesterfield, Mo.) is the son of Jeff Brown, who spent parts of 12 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL. He is also the brother of Logan Brown who is a forward with the Belleville Senators, AHL affiliate to the Ottawa Senators … Colby Saganiuk (Valencia, Pa.) is the grandson of Rocky Saganiuk, who spent parts of six seasons as a forward in the NHL … Redmond Savage (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is the son of Brian Savage, who spent parts of 12 seasons as a forward in the NHL … Ryan St. Louis (Riverside, Conn.) is the son of Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis, who spent parts of sixteen seasons as a forward in the NHL.
ABOUT THE NTDP: USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program is in its 22nd 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.