USA Hockey National Team Development Program

The National Team Development Program (NTDP) was started in 1996 by USA Hockey as a way to identify elite ice hockey players under the age of 18, and centralize their training.[1] There are two teams in the program: under-17 and under-18. Both teams are based in Plymouth, Michigan. The stated goal of the NTDP is "to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on the 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".[1] While enrolled in the NTDP, players stay with billet families.

National Team Development Program (NTDP)
Nickname(s)Team USA
AssociationUSA Hockey
Head coachSeth Appert
John Wroblewski
Team colors              
IIHF codeUSA
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances21 (first in 1999)
Best result Gold: (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Medal record
World U18 Championship
2002 SlovakiaTeam
2005 Czech RepublicTeam
2006 SwedenTeam
2009 United StatesTeam
2010 BelarusTeam
2011 GermanyTeam
2012 Czech RepublicTeam
2014 FinlandTeam
2015 SwitzerlandTeam
2017 SlovakiaTeam
2004 BelarusTeam
2007 FinlandTeam
2013 RussiaTeam
2018 RussiaTeam
2008 RussiaTeam
2016 United StatesTeam
2019 SwedenTeam

From its founding until 2014–15, the program was based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, playing games at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. However, following that season, the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL relocated, freeing up the what was then known as the Compuware Arena. USA Hockey purchased the facility from Peter Karmanos, renamed it the USA Hockey Arena and moved the NTDP to Plymouth.[2]

The under-17 and under-18 teams play games domestically against opponents in the United States Hockey League (under-17 and under-18 teams) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (under-18 team), as well as three international tournaments for each team plus occasional friendlies. The NTDP teams previously competed in the North American Hockey League until 2009.[3]

Competitive record[4]

World U18 Championship[5]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup[6]

  • 1991 —  Bronze
  • 1992 — 4th place
  • 1993 —  Silver
  • 1994 —  Silver
  • 1995 —  Bronze
  • 1996 —  Silver
  • 1997 — N/A
  • 1998 — N/A
  • 1999 — N/A
  • 2000 —  Silver
  • 2001 —  Gold
  • 2002 — 5th place
  • 2003 Gold
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — 5th place
  • 2006 Silver
  • 2007 — 5th place
  • 2008 — 7th place
  • 2009 — 4th place
  • 2010 Silver
  • 2011 — 5th place
  • 2012 — 7th place
  • 2013 Silver
  • 2014 Bronze
  • 2015 — 5th place
  • 2016 Silver
  • 2017 — 5th place
  • 2018 — 4th place
  • 2019 — 6th place

Team

2019–20 under-18 roster

As of September 12, 2019.[7]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
2 Eamon Powell D 5' 11" 165 lb 2002-05-10 Marcellus, New York Rochester Coalition U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
3 Owen Gallatin D 5' 8" 168 lb 2002-06-17 Hugo, Minnesota White Bear Lake (USHS–MN) Minnesota–Duluth
4 Daniel Laatsch D 6' 5" 180 lb 2002-02-13 Altoona, Wisconsin Notre Dame Academy (USHS–WI) Wisconsin
6 Brett Berard F 5' 9" 152 lb 2002-09-09 East Greenwich, Rhode Island Bishop Hendricken (USHS–RI) Providence
7 Chase Yoder F 5' 11" 174 lb 2002-05-28 Fairview, Texas Dallas Stars Elite U16 (Midget AAA) Providence
8 Jake Sanderson D 6' 2" 186 lb 2002-07-08 Whitefish, Montana Edge School (Midget AAA) North Dakota
9 Thomas Bordeleau F 5' 10" 179 lb 2002-01-03 Houston, Texas Collège Esther-Blondin (Midget AAA) Michigan
10 Matthew Beniers F 6' 1" 168 lb 2002-11-05 Hingham, Massachusetts Milton Academy (USHS–MA) Harvard
11 Hunter Strand F 5' 11" 175 lb 2002-11-13 Anchorage, Alaska Alaska Oilers U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
12 Hunter McKown F 6' 1" 182 lb 2002-08-18 San Jose, California St. Louis AAA Blues U16 (Midget AAA) Colorado College
13 Daniyal Dzhaniyev F 5' 4" 136 lb 2002-09-15 Brooklyn, New York New Jersey Jr. Titans U16 (Midget AAA) Penn State
14 Brock Faber D 6' 0" 193 lb 2002-08-22 Maple Grove, Minnesota Osseo–Maple Grove Bantam (Bantam AAA) Minnesota
15 Dylan Peterson F 6' 4" 192 lb 2002-01-08 Roseville, California CIH Academy (Midget AAA) Boston University
16 Connor Kelley D 6' 1" 190 lb 2002-01-30 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Minnesota–Duluth
17 Luke Tuch F 6' 2" 203 lb 2002-03-07 Baldwinsville, New York Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
19 Landon Slaggert F 6' 0" 182 lb 2002-06-25 South Bend, Indiana Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
20 Jacob Truscott D 6' 1" 172 lb 2002-04-12 Port Huron, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
21 Zakary Karpa F 6' 1" 175 lb 2002-03-25 Newport Beach, California HoneyBaked U18 (Midget AAA) Princeton
22 Tanner Latsch F 6' 2" 189 lb 2002-01-02 Muskegon, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) None
25 Tyler Kleven D 6' 3" 200 lb 2002-01-10 Fargo, North Dakota Fargo Davies (USHS–ND) North Dakota
28 Ty Smilanic F 6' 1" 170 lb 2002-01-20 Denver, Colorado Colorado Thunderbirds U16 (Midget AAA) Quinnipiac
29 Drew Commesso G 6' 2" 180 lb 2002-07-19 Norwell, Massachusetts St. Sebastian's (USHS–MA) Boston University
30 Noah Grannan G 6' 2" 183 lb 2002-04-27 Germantown, Wisconsin Milwaukee Jr. Admirals U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin

2019–20 under-17 roster

Roster as of September 12, 2019.[8]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
31 Kaidan Mbereko G 5' 11" 180 lb 2003-07-28 Aspen, Colorado Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) None
32 Gibson Homer G 6' 5" 195 lb 2003-12-29 Grand Rapids, Michigan Fox Motors U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
33 Liam Gilmartin F 6' 1" 185 lb 2003-01-07 Falls Church, Virginia Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) None
34 Jack Hughes F 5' 11" 160 lb 2003-11-02 Westwood, Massachusetts St. Sebastian's (USHS–MA) Northeastern
36 Sasha Pastujov F 6' 0" 180 lb 2003-07-15 Bradenton, Florida Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
37 Caden Brown F 5' 11" 174 lb 2003-06-22 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis AAA Blues U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
39 Jeremy Wilmer F 5' 6" 140 lb 2003-08-16 Rockville Centre, New York North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
40 Aidan Hreschuk D 5' 11" 180 lb 2003-02-19 Long Beach, California Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
42 Ty Gallagher D 6' 0" 188 lb 2003-03-06 Clarkston, Michigan Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
43 Luke Hughes D 6' 0" 162 lb 2003-09-09 Manchester, New Hampshire Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
44 Sean Behrens D 5' 8" 173 lb 2003-03-31 Barrington, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
46 Ryan St. Louis F 5' 9" 161 lb 2003-06-13 Riverside, Connecticut Brunswick (USHS–CT) Northeastern
47 Jacob Martin D 5' 11" 180 lb 2003-03-18 Eagle River, Wisconsin Gentry Academy U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
48 Red Savage F 5' 10" 167 lb 2003-05-15 Scottsdale, Arizona Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
49 Jack Devine F 5' 10" 158 lb 2003-10-02 Glencoe, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
51 Chaz Lucius F 6' 0" 172 lb 2003-05-02 Grant, Minnesota Gentry Academy U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota
52 Colby Saganiuk F 5' 8" 154 lb 2003-02-05 Plainfield, Illinois Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 (Midget AAA) Penn State
53 Tyler Boucher F 6' 1" 190 lb 2003-01-16 Haddonfield, New Jersey Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Boston University
55 Ty Murchison D 6' 1" 173 lb 2003-02-02 Corona, California Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) None
56 Dylan Duke F 5' 9" 168 lb 2003-03-04 Strongsville, Ohio Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
57 Ethan Straky D 5' 11" 163 lb 2003-04-18 Ormond Beach, Florida Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
58 Justin Janicke F 5' 11" 174 lb 2003-06-30 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
60 Roman Schmidt D 6' 5" 209 lb 2003-02-27 Midland, Michigan Don Mills Flyers (Midget AAA) Boston University

Record book

Single season[9]

Career[9]

  • Most goals: Cole Caufield, 126 (2017–19)
  • Most assists: Jack Hughes, 154 (2017–19)
  • Most points: Jack Hughes, 228 (2017–19)

Notable alumni

As of the 2018–19 season, more than 310 NTDP alumni were drafted in the National Hockey League.[10] This includes Rick DiPietro, Erik Johnson, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, and Jack Hughes, all of whom were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, NTDP alumni Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk were selected 1st and 2nd overall respectively, being the first American-born players selected with the top two picks. A record 17 players selected directly from the NTDP in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[11]

Further reading

References

  1. "USA Hockey National Team Development Program 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). USA Hockey. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  2. Hicks, Justin P. (2015-04-22). "USA Hockey's move to Plymouth won't sink Ann Arbor Ice Cube, management says". MLive. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  3. Morreale, Mike G. (2010-03-31). "NTDP's move to USHL has worked perfectly". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  4. "Men's Teams and Events". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  5. "U18 Men's World Championship". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  6. "Hlinka Gretzky Cup History". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  7. "U.S. National Under-18 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  8. "U.S. National Under-17 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  9. "All-Time NTDP Record Book". USA Hockey. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  10. "National Team Development Program Draft Picks by Round". USA Hockey. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  11. "Record-Breaking 17 Players Selected Directly from NTDP in 2019 NHL Draft". USA Hockey. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
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