USA Hockey National Team Development Program

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National Team Development Program (NTDP)
US NTDP logo.svg
City Ann Arbor, Michigan
League United States Hockey League
Division East
Founded 1996
Home arena Ann Arbor Ice Cube

Red, White, Blue

Owner(s) USA Hockey
Head coach Danton Cole, Don Granato
Franchise history
1996–present USNTDP

The National Team Development Program (NTDP) was started in 1996 by USA Hockey as a way to identify elite ice hockey players in the country under the age of 18, and centralize their training.[1] There are two teams in the program, an Under-17 squad and an Under-18 squad. The teams are both based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The stated goal of the NTDP 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."[1] While enrolled in the NTDP, players stay with billet families and attend either Ann Arbor Huron High School or Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.[1]

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. The NTDP teams have also competed in the North American Hockey League in the past.[2]


Under-18 Team[edit]

As of November 3, 2012.[3]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
1 Minnesota Miska, HunterHunter Miska G 6' 0" 171 lb 1995-07-07 North Branch, Minnesota North Branch (USHS–MN) None
2 New Jersey Clifton, ConnorConnor Clifton D 5' 11" 171 lb 1995-04-28 Matawan, New Jersey New Jersey (EJHL) Quinnipiac
3 California Savage, ScottScott Savage D 6' 0" 168 lb 1995-04-11 San Clemente, California L.A. Selects U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
4 Wisconsin Butcher, WillWill Butcher D 5' 10" 200 lb 1995-01-06 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Madison Capitols U18 (Midget AAA) Denver
6 North Dakota Thompson, KeatonKeaton Thompson D 6' 0" 185 lb 1995-09-14 Devils Lake, North Dakota Fargo (USHL) North Dakota
7 Illinois Compher, J.T.J.T. Compher F 5' 10" 178 lb 1995-04-08 Northbrook, Illinois Team Illinois U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
8 Michigan Cook, DawsonDawson Cook F 6' 1" 197 lb 1995-06-15 Cadillac, Michigan Cadillac (USHS–MI) Notre Dame
9 Illinois Louis, AnthonyAnthony Louis F 5' 6" 142 lb 1995-02-10 Winfield, Illinois Team Illinois U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
10 Michigan Allen, EvanEvan Allen F 5' 10" 195 lb 1995-02-03 Sterling Heights, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
11 Michigan Hamilton, TrevorTrevor Hamilton D 6' 0" 185 lb 1995-03-17 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
12 New York Lablanc, KevinKevin Lablanc F 5' 10" 172 lb 1995-12-12 New York, New York New Jersey (MetJHL) Notre Dame
13 New York Malone, SeanSean Malone F 5' 11" 185 lb 1995-04-30 West Seneca, New York Nichols (USHS–NY) Harvard
14 Michigan Motte, TylerTyler Motte F 5' 9" 184 lb 1995-03-10 St. Clair, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
15 Connecticut Hayden, JohnJohn Hayden F 6' 3" 221 lb 1995-02-14 Greenwich, Connecticut Brunswick (USHS–CT) Yale
16 New York Santini, StevenSteven Santini D 6' 1" 208 lb 1995-03-07 Mahopac, New York New York (EJHL) Boston College
19 Massachusetts Kelleher, TylerTyler Kelleher F 5' 6" 164 lb 1995-01-02 Longmeadow, Massachusetts Deerfield (USHS–MA) New Hampshire
21 Minnesota Lewis, ClintClint Lewis D 6' 2" 206 lb 1995-01-12 Burnsville, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) None
22 Minnesota Fasching, HudsonHudson Fasching F 6' 2" 214 lb 1995-07-28 Burnsville, Minnesota Apple Valley (USHS–MN) Minnesota
24 Michigan McCarron, MichaelMichael McCarron F 6' 5" 227 lb 1995-03-07 Macomb, Michigan Honeybaked U18 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
27 Minnesota Ausmus, GageGage Ausmus D 6' 1" 204 lb 1995-04-22 East Grand Forks, Minnesota East Grand Forks (USHS–MN) University of North Dakota
28 Massachusetts Eiserman, ShaneShane Eiserman F 6' 2" 196 lb 1995-10-10 West Newbury, Massachusetts Cushing (USHS–MA) New Hampshire
29 California Demko, ThatcherThatcher Demko G 6' 3" 190 lb 1995-12-08 San Diego, California L.A. Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) None
30 New Hampshire Frye, CurtisCurtis Frye G 6' 3" 198 lb 1995-07-25 Northwood, New Hampshire Phillips Andover (USHS–MA) None

Under-17 Team[edit]

As of November 3, 2012.[4]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
31 Pennsylvania Minney, EdwinEdwin Minney G 6' 4" 200 lb 1996-03-29 Wind Gap, Pennsylvania D.C. Capitals U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
35 California Weyrick, BlakeBlake Weyrick G 6' 2" 200 lb 1996-02-05 Ojai, California Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) None
36 New York Fortunato, BrandonBrandon Fortunato D 5' 9" 150 lb 1996-06-07 North Hills, New York Long Island Royals U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
37 New York Tuch, AlexAlex Tuch F 6' 3" 219 lb 1996-05-10 Baldwinsville, New York Syracuse (EmJHL) Boston College
38 Wisconsin Bjork, AndersAnders Bjork F 5' 11" 156 lb 1996-08-05 Mequon, Wisconsin Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
39 Michigan Larkin, DylanDylan Larkin F 6' 0" 172 lb 1996-07-30 Waterford, Michigan Belle Tire U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
40 Colorado Fiegl, JaredJared Fiegl F 6' 1" 199 lb 1996-01-23 Parker, Colorado Colorado Rampage U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
41 New York Billitier, NathanNathan Billitier D 5' 10" 169 lb 1996-05-20 Spencerport, New York Rochester (EJHL) None
42 California Stevens, NolanNolan Stevens F 6' 2" 170 lb 1996-07-22 Manhattan Beach, California L.A. Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) None
43 Minnesota Collins, RyanRyan Collins D 6' 4" 179 lb 1996-05-06 Bloomington, Minnesota Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN) Minnesota
44 New Hampshire Bliss, RyanRyan Bliss D 6' 1" 193 lb 1996-06-22 Bedford, New Hampshire St. Paul's (USHS–NH) Cornell
45 Illinois Belpedio, LouisLouis Belpedio D 5' 10" 171 lb 1996-05-14 Skokie, Illinois Culver (Midget AAA) Miami
46 Massachusetts Eichel, JackJack Eichel F 6' 1" 177 lb 1996-10-28 North Chelmsford, Massachusetts Boston (EmJHL) Boston University
47 New York Hitchcock, RyanRyan Hitchcock F 5' 9" 151 lb 1996-03-30 Manhasset, New York New Jersey (AJHL) Yale
48 New York Milano, SonnySonny Milano F 5' 10" 159 lb 1996-05-12 Massapequa, New York Cleveland Barons U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
49 Minnesota Glover, JackJack Glover D 6' 3" 173 lb 1996-05-17 Golden Valley, Minnesota Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN) Minnesota
50 Michigan Pavelek, DylanDylan Pavelek F 5' 11" 180 lb 1996-01-16 Marysville, Michigan Belle Tire U16 (Midget AAA) Ohio State
51 Nebraska Wilkie, ChrisChris Wilkie F 5' 10" 172 lb 1996-07-10 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Lancers U16 (Midget AAA) North Dakota
52 Missouri MacInnis, RyanRyan MacInnis F 6' 3" 161 lb 1996-02-14 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Blues U16 (Midget AAA) None
53 North Carolina Wesley, JoshuaJoshua Wesley D 6' 2" 188 lb 1996-04-09 Raleigh, North Carolina Carolina Jr. Hurricanes U16 (Midget AAA) None
54 Massachusetts MacLeod, JohnathanJohnathan MacLeod D 6' 1" 178 lb 1996-06-02 Dracut, Massachusetts Kimball Union (USHS–NH) Boston University
55 New York Wegwerth, JoeJoe Wegwerth F 6' 3" 210 lb 1996-06-16 Brewster, New York Brewster (EmJHL) None

Notable alumni[edit]

As of the 2008–09 season, more than 45 NTDP alumni were playing in the National Hockey League.[1] This includes Patrick Kane and Erik Johnson, both of whom were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, USNTDP alumni Patrick Kane and James Van Riemsdyk were selected 1st and 2nd overall respectively, marking the first time in NHL history in which American born players were selected with the top two picks. At the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 15 players with ties to the USNTDP were selected, including Jack Campbell and Cam Fowler.[5] Phil Kessel (taken 5th overall by the Boston Bruins) and Patrick Kane share the record for most goals in a season with 52, Kessel holds the all-time records in goals and points with 104 and 180 respectively.


  1. ^ a b c d "USA Hockey National Team Development Program 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). USA Hockey. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  2. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (2010-03-31). "NTDP's move to USHL has worked perfectly". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  3. ^ "U.S. National Under-18 Roster". USA Hockey. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "U.S. National Under-17 Roster". USA Hockey. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Americans star at NHL Draft". USA Hockey. Retrieved 2010-06-30.