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Under-18 Select Team To Practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

07/26/2013, 1:00pm MDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will be in Arlington, Va., at the Kettler Captials Iceplex for a series of practices next Sunday-Tuesday (July 28-30) in preparation for the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Each of the Team USA practices will be free and open to the public.

The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will be staged Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia, and features teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The 22-player U.S. roster was picked following the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp that took place from June 28-July 3 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.

A complete practice schedule is below:
 
U.S. Under-18 Select Team Practice Schedule
July 28-30 - Kettler Capitals Iceplex - Arlington, Va. 

Date           Practice Time (ET)     Rink 
 
Sun., July 28    8-9:10 p.m.    Arlington Rink
Mon., July 29    9:30-11 a.m.    Arlington Rink
Mon., July 29    7:50-8:50 p.m.    Arlington Rink
Tues., July 30    9:10-10:30 a.m.    Capitals Rink

NOTES: Keep up-to-date on the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament via Twitter by following @USAHockeyScores and using #IvanHlinka ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished in seventh place last year ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the way with eight representitives, while Michigan has four and both Illinois and Colorado have two ... Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass./New York Islanders) will serve as head coach, while John Gruden (Virginia, Minn.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Matt Herr (Hackensack, N.J.), a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, and Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will serve as assistant coaches.
 
Team USA 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 3-10 - Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia 

Date              Opponent       Location     Time (ET)
 
Sat., Aug. 3    Czech Republic (Exib.)    Breclav    12:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 5    Finland    Piestany    8 a.m.
Tues., Aug. 6    Russia    Piestany    8 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 7    Slovakia    Piestany    11:30 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 9    Semifinals    TBD    TBD
Sat., Aug. 10    Championship/Third Place    TBD    TBD

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