USA Hockey National Team Development Program

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National Team Development Program (NTDP)
USA Hockey NTDP logo.svg
City Plymouth, Michigan
League United States Hockey League
Division East
Founded 1996 (in the NAHL)
Home arena USA Hockey Arena
Colors Red, White, Blue
Owner(s) USA Hockey
Head coach Seth Appert
John Wroblewski

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 Plymouth, 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.

From its founding until 2014–15, the program was based in Ann Arbor, MI, 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]


2017–18 Under-18 Team[edit]

As of December 7, 2017.[4]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
1 Michigan DeRidder, DrewDrew DeRidder G 5' 10" 159 lb 2000-05-01 Fenton, Michigan Cedar Rapids (USHL) Michigan State
5 California Samuelsson, AdamAdam Samuelsson D 6' 5" 222 lb 2000-06-21 San Diego, California Connecticut Jr. Rangers U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
7 Minnesota Janicke, TrevorTrevor Janicke F 5' 9" 173 lb 2000-12-25 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
8 Minnesota Hain, GavinGavin Hain F 6' 3" 190 lb 2000-04-03 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Grand Rapids (USHS–MN) North Dakota
9 North Carolina Weiss, TylerTyler Weiss F 5' 10" 140 lb 2000-01-03 Raleigh, North Carolina Don Mills Flyers (Midget AAA) Boston University
10 Wisconsin Emberson, TyTy Emberson D 6' 0" 192 lb 2000-05-24 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Eau Claire Memorial (USHS–WI) Wisconsin
12 Massachusetts Wise, JakeJake Wise F 5' 10" 189 lb 2000-02-28 Reading, Massachusetts Central Catholic (USHS–MA) Boston University
14 New Jersey DeBoer, JackJack DeBoer F 6' 2" 179 lb 2000-08-17 Madison, New Jersey Salisbury (USHS–CT) Boston University
15 Michigan Wilde, BodeBode Wilde D 6' 2" 193 lb 2000-01-24 Birmingham, Michigan Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
16 Arizona Middendorf, ErikErik Middendorf F 6' 0" 173 lb 2000-07-11 Scottsdale, Arizona Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
17 Michigan Gruden, JonathanJonathan Gruden F 5' 11" 158 lb 2000-05-04 Rochester, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
18 Massachusetts Wahlstrom, OliverOliver Wahlstrom (A) F 6' 1" 198 lb 2000-06-13 Quincy, Massachusetts Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep (Midget AAA) Harvard
19 Minnesota Miller, K'AndreK'Andre Miller D 6' 3" 192 lb 2000-01-21 Minnetonka, Minnesota Minnetonka (USHS–MN) Wisconsin
20 Illinois Pivonka, JakeJake Pivonka F 5' 11" 189 lb 2000-02-28 Naperville, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
21 Michigan Passarelli, ValentinoValentino Passarelli F 5' 9" 170 lb 2000-01-09 Macomb, Michigan Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) Miami
22 New Jersey Robbins, AdamAdam Robbins F 5' 9" 165 lb 2000-04-12 Alpine, New Jersey North Jersey Avalanche U18 (Midget AAA) None
23 New Jersey Samuelsson, MattiasMattias Samuelsson D 6' 3" 206 lb 2000-03-14 Voorhees, New Jersey Northwood Junior (Midget AAA) Michigan
24 Maryland Giles, PatrickPatrick Giles (A) F 6' 4" 186 lb 2000-01-03 Chevy Chase, Maryland Skipjacks Hockey Club U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
25 Wisconsin Stastney, SpencerSpencer Stastney D 5' 9" 165 lb 2000-01-04 Mequon, Wisconsin Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
27 New York (state) King, D. J.D. J. King D 6' 3" 222 lb 2000-08-07 Northport, New York Mississauga Rebels (Midget AAA) None
28 New York (state) Farabee, JoelJoel Farabee (C) F 5' 11" 147 lb 2000-02-25 Cicero, New York Selects Hockey Academy U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
30 Illinois Mor, JonathanJonathan Mor G 6' 3" 198 lb 2000-07-20 Highland Park, Illinois Chicago Young Americans U18 (Midget AAA) None

2017–18 Under-17 Team[edit]

As of November 23, 2017.[5]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
31 Illinois Rowe, CameronCameron Rowe G 6' 1" 185 lb 2001-06-01 Wilmette, Illinois Team Illinois U16 (Midget AAA) Omaha
32 California York, CamCam York D 5' 11" 160 lb 2001-01-06 Anaheim Hills, California Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep (Midget AAA) Boston College
33 Massachusetts Thrun, HenryHenry Thrun D 6' 1" 184 lb 2001-03-13 Southborough, Massachusetts St. Mark's (USHS–MA) Harvard
34 New Jersey Siedem, RyanRyan Siedem D 6' 2" 186 lb 2001-02-26 Madison, New Jersey Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Boston College
35 Connecticut Knight, SpencerSpencer Knight G 6' 3" 193 lb 2001-04-20 Darien, Connecticut Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Boston College
36 Illinois Vlasic, AlexAlex Vlasic D 6' 5" 189 lb 2001-06-06 Wilmette, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
37 New York (state) Warren, MarshallMarshall Warren D 5' 11" 161 lb 2001-04-21 Laurel Hollow, New York North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
38 New York (state) Fensore, DomenickDomenick Fensore D 5' 6" 140 lb 2001-09-08 Thornwood, New York P. A. L. Jr. Islanders U16 (Midget AAA) Quinnipiac
39 New York (state) McCarthy, CaseCase McCarthy (A) D 6' 1" 193 lb 2001-01-10 Clarence Center, New York Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
40 Minnesota Helleson, DrewDrew Helleson D 6' 2" 168 lb 2001-03-27 Farmington, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
41 North Dakota Caulfield, JuddJudd Caulfield F 6' 2" 197 lb 2001-03-20 Grand Forks, North Dakota Grand Forks Central (USHS–ND) North Dakota
42 Illinois Lindmark, OwenOwen Lindmark F 6' 0" 170 lb 2001-05-18 Naperville, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
43 Florida Hughes, JackJack Hughes (C) F 5' 9" 157 lb 2001-05-15 Orlando, Florida Toronto Marlboros (Midget AAA) None
44 New York (state) Weight, DannyDanny Weight F 5' 11" 187 lb 2001-05-02 Lattingtown, New York P. A. L. Jr. Islanders U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
45 Michigan Rolston, RyderRyder Rolston F 5' 11" 149 lb 2001-11-01 Birmingham, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
46 Massachusetts Moynihan, PatrickPatrick Moynihan F 5' 10" 175 lb 2001-01-24 Millis, Massachusetts Noble & Greenough (USHS–MA) Boston College
47 Massachusetts Farrell, SeanSean Farrell F 5' 8" 168 lb 2001-11-03 Hopkinton, Massachusetts St. Mark's (USHS–MA) Harvard
48 Illinois Turcotte, AlexAlex Turcotte (A) F 5' 11" 184 lb 2001-02-27 Island Lake, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
49 Massachusetts Boldy, MatthewMatthew Boldy F 6' 0" 175 lb 2001-04-06 Millis, Massachusetts Dexter Southfield (USHS–MA) Boston College
51 Texas Gildon, MichaelMichael Gildon F 6' 0" 184 lb 2001-06-22 Plano, Texas Dallas Stars U16 (Midget AAA) Ohio State
52 New York (state) Beecher, JohnJohn Beecher F 6' 2" 201 lb 2001-04-06 Elmira, New York Salisbury (USHS–CT) Michigan
53 New York (state) Zegras, TrevorTrevor Zegras F 5' 11" 159 lb 2001-03-21 Bedford, New York Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Boston University
59 Wisconsin Caufield, ColeCole Caufield (A) F 5' 6" 146 lb 2001-01-03 Stevens Point, Wisconsin Stevens Point (USHS–WI) Wisconsin

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, Erik Johnson and Auston Matthews, all of whom were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft, and Jack Eichel, who was drafted second overall in 2015. 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.[6] Matthews holds the record for most goals in a season with 55, Phil Kessel holds the all-time records in goals with 104. Clayton Keller, selected 7th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, holds the record for most assists in a season with 70 (breaking Jeremy Bracco's previous record of 64) and holds all-time record in points with 182.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "USA Hockey National Team Development Program 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). USA Hockey. 2009. 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. ^ "U.S. National Under-18 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "U.S. National Under-17 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Americans star at NHL Draft". USA Hockey. Retrieved 2010-06-30.