USA Hockey National Team Development Program

The United States 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.

USA Hockey NTDP
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Team USA
AssociationUSA Hockey
Head coachDan Muse
Nick Fohr
Team colors     
IIHF codeUSA
United States national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 IHWC.png
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances21 (first in 1999)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Medal record
World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2002 Slovakia Team
Gold medal – first place 2005 Czech Republic Team
Gold medal – first place 2006 Sweden Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 United States Team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Belarus Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Germany Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 Czech Republic Team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Finland Team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Switzerland Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Slovakia Team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Belarus Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Finland Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Russia Team
Silver medal – second place 2018 Russia Team
Silver medal – second place 2022 Germany Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Russia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 United States Team
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Sweden Team

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]Edit

World U18 Championship[5]Edit

Hlinka Gretzky Cup[6]Edit

The United States does not send players in the program to this event anymore. It has been non-NTDP players but still Americans.

  • 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
  • 2020 — Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021 — 5th place

TeamEdit

2022–23 under-18 rosterEdit

Roster as of September 1, 2022.[7]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
1   Trey Augustine G 6' 1" 183 lb 2005-02-23 South Lyon, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
2   Will Smith F 6' 0" 174 lb 2005-03-17 Lexington, Massachusetts Saint Sebastian's (USHS–MA) Boston College
4   Gabe Perreault F 5' 11" 164 lb 2005-05-07 Hinsdale, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
6   Brady Cleveland D 6' 4" 218 lb 2005-04-01 Wausau, Wisconsin Wausau West (USHS–WI) Wisconsin
7   Paul Fischer D 6' 1" 188 lb 2005-01-30 River Forest, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
8   Zach Schulz D 6' 1" 189 lb 2005-06-14 South Lyon, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
9   Ryan Leonard F 5' 11" 190 lb 2005-01-21 Amherst, Massachusetts Pope Francis Prep (USHS–MA) Boston College
10   Ryan Fine F 5' 7" 177 lb 2005-03-14 Center Moriches, New York Mid Fairfield Rangers U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
11   Oliver Moore F 5' 11" 188 lb 2005-01-22 Mounds View, Minnesota Totino-Grace (USHS–MN) Minnesota
13   Danny Nelson F 6' 3" 203 lb 2005-08-03 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
16   Charlie Cerrato F 5' 11" 182 lb 2005-03-10 Fallston, Maryland HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
17   Aram Minnetian D 5' 11" 192 lb 2005-03-19 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey Mid Fairfield Rangers U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
18   Beckett Hendrickson F 6' 1" 167 lb 2005-06-24 Minnetonka, Minnesota Minnetonka (USHS–MN) Minnesota
19   Carter Slaggert F 5' 10" 166 lb 2005-03-04 South Bend, Indiana Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
20   Nathan Tobey D 6' 0" 169 lb 2005-01-02 Lantana, Texas Dallas Stars Elite U16 (Midget AAA) Quinnipiac
21   Austin Burnevik F 6' 3" 192 lb 2005-01-03 Blaine, Minnesota Totino-Grace (USHS–MN) St. Cloud State
22   Will Vote F 5' 8" 155 lb 2005-02-22 Arlington, Massachusetts Dexter Southfield (USHS–MA) Boston College
23   Salvatore Guzzo F 6' 0" 185 lb 2005-04-17 Old Tappan, New Jersey Mid Fairfield Rangers U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
24   Drew Fortescue D 6' 2" 171 lb 2005-04-28 Pearl River, New York Mid Fairfield Rangers U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
26   Kai Janviriya D 5' 8" 160 lb 2005-04-02 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
28   Zeev Buium D 6' 0" 177 lb 2005-12-07 San Diego, California Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
29   Alex Weiermair F 6' 0" 187 lb 2005-05-10 Los Angeles, California Seacoast Performance Academy U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
30   Michael Chambre G 6' 1" 174 lb 2005-01-07 Fort Myers, Florida Florida Alliance U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
32   Carsen Musser G 6' 4" 215 lb 2005-05-19 Sherburn, Minnesota Victory Honda U16 (Midget AAA) None

2022–23 under-17 rosterEdit

Roster as of September 1, 2022.[8]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
31   Nick Kempf G 6' 2" 166 lb 2006-03-01 Morton Grove, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
33   Kristian Epperson F 5' 11" 166 lb 2006-05-07 Mequon, Wisconsin Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
34   Cole Eiserman F 5' 11" 191 lb 2006-08-29 Newburyport, Massachusetts Shattuck-Saint Mary's Prep (Midget AAA) Minnesota
37   Max Plante F 5' 8" 146 lb 2006-02-20 Hermantown, Minnesota Hermantown (USHS–MN) Minnesota Duluth
38   Kamil Bednarik F 5' 11" 176 lb 2006-05-26 Elmhurst, Illinois Rockets Hockey Club U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
39   Charlie Pardue (C) F 5' 10" 165 lb 2006-01-05 Winnetka, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
40   Jack Parsons G 6' 3" 177 lb 2006-01-15 Cortland, New York Mount Saint Charles U16 (Midget AAA) Providence
41   Austin Baker F 6' 0" 182 lb 2006-02-11 White Lake, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
42   Christian Humphreys F 5' 10" 151 lb 2006-02-04 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bishop Kearney Selects (Midget AAA) Michigan State
43   John Whipple D 6' 0" 182 lb 2006-05-26 Minnetonka, Minnesota Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota
44   Noah Lapointe D 6' 0" 182 lb 2006-06-05 Hinsdale, Illinois Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) None
45   Sam Laurila D 5' 11" 171 lb 2006-09-02 Moorhead, Minnesota Moorhead Bantam (Bantam AAA) None
46   Teddy Stiga F 5' 9" 155 lb 2006-04-05 Sudbury, Massachusetts Belmont Hill (USHS–MA) Boston College
47   Will Skahan D 6' 4" 204 lb 2006-05-14 Woodbury, Minnesota Saint Thomas Academy (USHS–MN) Wisconsin
48   Cole Hutson D 5' 8" 143 lb 2006-06-28 Barrington, Illinois North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
49   Dakoda Rheaume-Mullen D 6' 0" 170 lb 2006-12-18 Northville, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) None
52   Lucas Van Vliet F 6' 1" 171 lb 2006-01-25 Livonia, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
53   Brendan McMorrow F 5' 11" 154 lb 2006-03-27 Lakeville, Minnesota Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN) Denver
54   James Hagens F 5' 10" 152 lb 2006-11-03 Hauppauge, New York Mount Saint Charles U16 (Midget AAA) None
55   EJ Emery D 6' 3" 166 lb 2006-03-30 Compton, California Yale Hockey Academy (Midget AAA) None
56   Logan Hensler D 6' 5" 187 lb 2006-10-14 Woodbury, Minnesota Hill-Murray (USHS–MN) None
57   Shane Vansaghi F 6' 1" 188 lb 2006-10-11 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis AAA Blues U16 (Midget AAA) None
60   Brodie Ziemer F 5' 11" 180 lb 2006-02-22 Hutchinson, Minnesota Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota

Record bookEdit

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 alumniEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "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 September 1, 2022.
  8. ^ "U.S. National Under-17 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "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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