USA Hockey invited the top ‘03 American-born hockey players to the National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp this week, from which next season’s U.S. National Under-17 Team will be selected. Among the 52 players invited were 28 with ties to the Selects Hockey program, hailing from nine different states across the country.
Four players from the 2018 World Selects Invitational U-15 World Championship East Coast Selects-O team in Philadelphia — Anthony Agostinelli, Davis Codd, Ethan Straky and Drew Tsakounis — will be at camp slated to begin Friday, March 22nd in Plymouth, Michigan.
Other ECS-O alumni include Luke Hughes — youngest brother of NTDPers Quinn and Jack — Tyler DesRochers, Dylan Gratton and Ryan Ufko. Not to be confused with Luke’s brother of the same name, ‘03-birth year Jack Hughes and his West Coast Selects-Green teammates Tyler Boucher, Paul Davey, Gibson Homer, Nick Roukounakis, Colby Saganiuk, Carter Schade and Ryan St. Louis will be the most-represented Selects team at camp with eight former players.
Illinois natives Sean Behrens, Davis Burnside, Jack Devine and Marino Ramirez will join the group at camp as well. Forwards Matthew Argentina, Dylan Duke, Liam Gilmartin and Jeremy Wilmer add to the competition up front with Ty Gallagher and Riley Rosenthal lobbying for positions on the back end.
Three former SHD players earned an invite as well, including two goalies in Homer and Kaiden Mbereko in addition to Vincent Salice.
In all, the previous players mentioned hail from nine different states including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, from as many as seven different ‘03 Selects teams. Those players account for 15-of-27 forwards, 10-of-19 defensemen and three of the six goalies invited to camp.
The 52 invitees will be divided into three teams, where squads will participate in on-ice practices and compete in at least six games before the camp concludes on Monday, March 25th.
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