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U.S. Players Highlight NCAA Men's Frozen Four Rosters

04/09/2014, 1:30pm MDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NCAA Men's Frozen Four will once again feature an abundantly American presence, including 82 of the 104 players on the rosters of Boston College, Union College, the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota with developmental roots in the United States.

The NCAA Men's Frozen Four begins Thursday (April 10) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with Boston College taking on Union and Minnesota facing North Dakota.

Among the Frozen Four participants, 12 are alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Fifteen players have skated for a U.S. National Team -- including the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team -- and have combined to win 15 medals in International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

Fifty-seven American players spent time in the United States Hockey League, USA Hockey's only Tier I junior league, which includes the two teams from USA Hockey's NTDP. There are five players with connections to the Tier II North American Hockey League. Eight players have a background in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one has played in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

A total of 18 states and the District of Columbia will be represented by players in the Frozen Four, including, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Thirty-one American players competing in the Frozen Four have been drafted by National Hockey League teams.

Notes: Taylor Cammarata (Minnesota) received USA Hockey's Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year award in 2013 ... Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) and Jeff Taylor (Union) helped Dubuque win the 2011 USHL Clark Cup Playoff Championship. Jordan Schmaltz (North Dakota) helped Green Bay win the 2012 Clark Cup Playoff Championship ... Don Lucia, head coach at Minnesota, has served in a variety of coaching roles for USA Hockey, including head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and the 1996 U.S. Select-16 Team. He also worked as an assistant coach on the 1995 U.S. Men's Select Team ... Grant Potulny, assistant coach at Minnesota, worked in that same role for the gold medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Junior Team ... Greg Brown, associate head coach at Boston College, was an assistant coach with the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and skated for the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Teams ...Mike Ayers, assistant coach at Boston College, was a coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2011-13. Ayers was honored as the USA Hockey College Player of the Year in 2003 ... Marty McInnis, assistant coach at Boston College, skated for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team ... Dave Hakstol, head coach of North Dakota, served as head coach of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers from 1996-2000.

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USA Hockey's NTDP Alumni (12)

Name School Year(s)
Bill Arnold Boston College 2009-10
Gage Ausmus North Dakota 2011-13
Travis Boyd Minnesota 2009-11
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2012-13
Hudson Fasching Minnesota 2011-13
Rocco Grimaldi North Dakota 2009-11
Nick Mattson North Dakota 2007-09
Steven Santini Boston College 2011-13
Scott Savage Boston College 2011-13
Brendan Silk Boston College 2010-12
Brady Skjei Minnesota 2010-12
Keaton Thompson North Dakota 2011-13

U.S. National Junior Team Alumni (11)

Name School Year
Bill Arnold Boston College 2012
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2014
Hudson Fasching Minnesota 2014
Johnny Gaudreau Boston College 2013-gold
Shayne Gostisbehere Union 2013-gold
Rocco Grimaldi North Dakota 2013-gold
Ian McCoshen Boston College 2014
Kyle Rau Minnesota 2012
Mike Reilly Minnesota 2013-gold
Steven Santini Boston College 2014
Brady Skjei Minnesota 2014

U.S. Men's National U18 Team Alumni (10)

Name School Year(s)
Bill Arnold Boston College 2010-gold
Gage Ausmus North Dakota 2013-silver
Travis Boyd Minnesota 2011-gold
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2013-silver
Hudson Fasching Minnesota 2013-silver
Rocco Grimaldi North Dakota 2011-gold
2010-gold
Nick Mattson North Dakota 2009-gold
Steven Santini Boston College 2013-silver
Brady Skjei Minnesota 2012-gold
Keaton Thompson North Dakota 2013-silver

CCM/USAH All-American Prospects Game Alumni (10)

Name School Year
Gage Ausmus North Dakota 2012
Taylor Cammarata Minnesota 2012
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2013
Hudson Fasching Minnesota 2012
Ryan Fitzgerald Boston College 2012
Luke Johnson North Dakota 2012
Ian McCoshen Boston College 2012
Steven Santini Boston College 2012
Scott Savage Boston College 2012
Keaton Thompson North Dakota 2012

U.S. Junior Select Team Alumni (15)

Name School Year(s)
Seth Ambroz Minnesota 2010-1st Place
Taylor Cammarata Minnesota 2012-1st Place
Austin Cangelosi Boston College 2012-1st Place
2011-3rd Place
Ryan Fitzgerald Boston College 2012-1st Place
Zane Gothberg North Dakota 2011-3rd Place
2010-1st Place
Luke Johnson North Dakota 2012-1st Place
Justin Kloos Minnesota 2012-1st Place
Nick Mattson North Dakota 2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place
Ian McCoshen Boston College 2011-3rd Place
A.J. Michaelson Minnesota 2011-3rd Place
Michael Parks North Dakota 2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place
Mike Reilly Minnesota 2011-3rd Place
Jordan Schmaltz North Dakota 2011-3rd Place
2010-1st Place
Colten St. Clair North Dakota 2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place
Sam Warning Minnesota 2010-1st Place

U.S. U18 Select Team Alumni (18)

Name School Year
Seth Ambroz Minnesota 2010-2nd Place
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2012
Theo DiPauli Union 2010-2nd Place
Teddy Doherty Boston College 2011
Johnny Gaudreau Boston College 2010-2nd Place
Zane Gothberg North Dakota 2009
Gabe Guertler Minnesota 2012
Kevin Hayes Boston College 2009
Christian Isackson Minnesota 2009
Luke Johnson North Dakota 2011
Vinni Lettieri Minnesota 2012
Ben Marshall Minnesota 2009
Michael Parks North Dakota 2009
Kyle Rau Minnesota 2009
Tom Serratore Minnesota 2006
Brendan Silk Boston College 2011
Colten St. Clair North Dakota 2009
Sam Warning Minnesota 2009

U.S. U17 Select Team Alumni (13)

Name School Year
Bill Arnold Boston College 2008-2nd Place
Michael Brodzinski Minnesota 2011-1st Place
Thatcher Demko Boston College 2011-1st Place
Teddy Doherty Boston College 2010-1st Place
Ryan Fitzgerald Boston College 2010-1st Place
Gabe Guertler Minnesota 2011-1st Place
Christian Isackson Minnesota 2008-2nd Place
Vinni Lettieri Minnesota 2011-1st Place
Ben Marshall Minnesota 2008-2nd Place
A.J. Michaelson Minnesota 2010-1st Place
Michael Parks North Dakota 2008-2nd Place
Jordan Schmaltz North Dakota 2009
Tom Serratore Minnesota 2005-1st Place

NAHL Alumni (5)

Name School Team(s)
Ryan Coyne Minnesota Aberdeen, Chicago, Texas
Connor Gaarder North Dakota Coulee Region
Paul LaDue North Dakota Alexandria
Jake Parenteau Minnesota Alaska
Michael Shibrowski Minnesota Owatonna

USA Hockey Junior Tier III League Alumni (11)

Name School Team (League)
Bill Arnold Boston College Boston (EmJHL)
Brad Barone Boston College South Shore (EJHL)
Brian Billett Boston College New Hampshire (EJHL/EmJHL)
Chris Calnan Boston College South Shore (EJHL)
Nick Cruice Union South Shore (EJHL)
Ryan Fitzgerald Boston College Valley (EJHL)
Griffyn Martin Union Boston (EmJHL)
Max Novak Union Jersey (EJHL)
Jake Parenteau Minnesota Edina (MnJHL)
Steven Santini Boston College New York (EJHL), Brewster (Empire)
Colin Stevens Union Boston (EJHL)

USHL Alumni

Name School USHL Team(s)
Seth Ambroz Minnesota Omaha
Jake Bischoff Minnesota Omaha
Michael Brodzinski Minnesota Muskegon
Drake Caggiula North Dakota Des Moines
Taylor Cammarata Minnesota Waterloo
Austin Cangeloski Boston College Youngstown
Bryn Chyzyk North Dakota Fargo
Sam Coatta Union Sioux Falls
Nate Condon Minnesota Fargo
Thatcher Demko Boston College Omaha
Theo DiPauli Union Chicago
Teddy Doherty Boston College Dubuque
Johnny Gaudreau Boston College Dubuque
Matthew Gaurdeau Boston College Omaha
Adam Gilmour Boston College Muskegon
Sebastiel Gingras Union Muskegon
Zane Gothberg North Dakota Fargo
Gabe Guertler Minnesota Fargo
Justin Holl Minnesota Omaha
Christian Isackson Minnesota Sioux Falls
Luke Johnson North Dakota Lincoln
Justin Kloos Minnesota Waterloo
Matt Krug Union Indiana
Paul LaDue North Dakota Lincoln
Vinni Lettieri Minnesota Lincoln
Eli Lichtenwald Union Omaha
Ben Marshall Minnesota Omaha
Michael Matheson Boston College Dubuque
Nick Mattson North Dakota Indiana
Ian McCoshen Boston College Waterloo
A.J. Michaelson Minnesota Waterloo
Andrew Panzarella North Dakota Waterloo, Des Moines, Tri-City
Michael Parks North Dakota Cedar Rapids
Kyle Rau Minnesota Sioux Falls
Connor Reilly Minnesota Sioux Falls
Ryan Reilly Minnesota Sioux Falls
Alex Sakellaropoulos Union Chicago
Jordan Schmaltz North Dakota Green Bay, Sioux City
Tom Serratore Minnesota Sioux City, Youngstown
Michael Shibrowski Minnesota Des Moines
Michael Sit Boston College Chicago
Quinn Smith Boston College Youngstown
Colten St. Clair North Dakota Fargo
Jeff Taylor Union Dubuque
Keaton Thompson North Dakota Fargo
Mike Vecchione Union Tri-City
Sam Warning Minnesota Cedar Rapids
Adam Wilcox Minnesota Green Bay, Tri-City

NHL Entry Draft Selections (31)

Name School Draft Year NHL Team Round Pick
Seth Ambroz Minnesota 2011 CBJ 5 128
Bill Arnold Boston College 2010 CGY 4 108
Jake Bischoff Minnesota 2012 NYI 7 185
Travis Boyd Minnesota 2011 WSH 6 177
Michael Brodzinski Minnesota 2013 SJ 5 141
Chris Calnan Boston College 2012 CHI 3 79
Taylor Cammarata Minnesota 2013 NYI 3 76
Nate Condon Minnesota 2008 COL 7 200
Hudson Fasching Minnesota 2013 LA 4 118
Ryan Fitzgerald Boston College 2013 BOS 4 120
Johnny Gaurdeau Boston College 2011 CGY 4 104
Adam Gilmour Boston College 2012 MIN 4 98
Shayne Gostisbehere Union 2012 PHI 3 78
Zane Gothberg North Dakota 2010 BOS 6 165
Rocco Grimaldi North Dakota 2011 FLA 2 33
Kevin Hayes Boston College 2010 CHI 1 24
Justin Holl Minnesota 2010 CHI 2 54
Christian Isackson Minnesota 2010 BUF 7 203
Luke Johnson North Dakota 2013 CHI 5 134
Paul LaDue North Dakota 2012 LA 6 191
Ben Marshall Minnesota 2010 DET 7 201
Nick Mattson North Dakota 2010 CHI 6 180
Ian McCoshen Boston College 2013 FLA 2 31
Michael Parks North Dakota 2010 PHI 5 149
Kyle Rau Minnesota 2011 FLA 3 91
Mike Reilly Minnesota 2011 CBJ 4 98
Steven Santini Boston College 2013 NJ 2 42
Jordan Schmaltz North Dakota 2012 STL 1 25
Brady Skjei Minnesota 2012 NYR 1 28
Keaton Thompson North Dakota 2013 ANA 3 87
Adam Wilcox Minnesota 2011 TB 6 178

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INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN OFFICIATING

08/25/2015, 3:30pm MDT
By USA Hockey

No one has ever said that officiating, and especially officiating ice hockey, was easy. Rule knowledge, communication skills, fitness, skating and a natural presence are just some of the skills necessary to be a successful official.  Some possess more of these skills and those are the officials who advance to higher levels. But regardless of the level achieved or the skill set the official possesses, the one quality that should be equal among every official is a high level of integrity.

The national official staff members, along with our volunteer referees-in-chief and local supervisors, have heard growing concerns over a decreasing level of integrity among our youth hockey officials. It’s sometimes said that no one is holding them accountable. A portion of this perception is likely a typical “blame the officials” mentality, but some anecdotal evidence suggests there is also some merit to this concern. That’s alarming to USA Hockey, as it affects the credibility of our entire program, along with every member it represents. The blunt truth is this: even one official who isn’t on the up and up can and will damage the credibility of all officials who do take pride in the integrity of their work.

Whether we like it or not, officials are under a microscope, and by the nature of the business, are held to a very high standard. When we signed up for this officiating gig, we committed ourselves to represent the game of hockey, USA Hockey, our local group of officials and ourselves as people of integrity who accept the responsibility and guardianship of enforcing the rules in a fair and consistent manner. Most importantly, we must remember that the game is bigger than all of us and that the game itself is what we serve. Those who lose sight of that not only compromise the competitive fairness of the games, they also make life more difficult for all of the officials by damaging the credibility of the officiating community.

An example of this type of unacceptable behavior occurred last season. A Level 2 adult official tended to work his games with a chip on his shoulder. He often created confrontation with coaches, alienated his younger partners with inaccurate advice and disregarded their help in attempting to get some calls and rule applications right. Even though the help they were providing was correct, he chose to maintain his incorrect position that affected the outcome of several games. He also tended to identify certain players and single them out for various infractions and/or on-ice lectures as a means of emphasizing his authority.

Once the trends were identified, concerns were voiced by several parents and coaches to the local assigner and supervisor, who acknowledged they had never seen the official’s work, but would keep throwing him out there working the same teams and levels that had expressed concerns regarding his attitude. This included intentionally assigning him a playoff game involving the coach who was the most vocal in expressing concerns. This official was then instructed to “throw the coach out if he says anything.”

That playoff game went without a hitch – a tight 2-1 game with a couple of close off-side plays and maybe an icing or two missed. In the post-game dressing room, the official in question, in the presence of his partners and the officials scheduled to work the next game, said, “It’s always a great day when you can make one or both of the coaches mad. It’s too bad the white team coach didn’t want to play along today.” The partners sat there in silence until finally a 12-year-old Level 1 official who was working the next game said, “I don’t think that’s right. We’re not supposed to bait coaches.”

The official got dressed quickly and left the room without saying another word. Kind of ironic that it was the innocent 12-year-old that seemed to “get it” and instill a sense of accountability among those in the room. Imagine how any 12-year-old player feels on the ice when they see the official(s) displaying an attitude that is simply not to the standard the game deserves. And yes, more often than not, they can see through those who do not have the level of integrity expected.

Fortunately, these types of officials are few and far between. But they do exist and to simply stick our heads in the sand and not address the concern is irresponsible. Each of us, as officials, has an obligation to behave in a professional manner at all times and take our role seriously. We have made a commitment to approach each game with the understanding that the game is about the players and we should be invisible until the players require us to appear as a result of infractions that occur. Respect is a two-way street and simply putting on the sweater with the USA Hockey crest suggests respect is warranted, but only if supported by your actions.

USA Hockey has an obligation to create a non-threatening environment that promotes respect for officials and an opportunity for officials to improve through education and evaluation. USA Hockey does this through playing rules, points of emphasis, zero tolerance policies and comprehensive education programs for officials, coaches, parents and players.

In return, the game expects USA Hockey officiating members to bring a professional image to every contest and an attitude that creates a positive environment and makes the game better. We realize everyone makes mistakes – it’s part of the game. However, laziness or unprofessional behavior is unacceptable and being creative in rule enforcement and not holding players/coaches accountable for infractions will only make the next team of officials’ jobs much more difficult and set them up for failure.

The reality is that the game official must always hold themselves to the highest level of integrity and behavior both on and off the ice. Maybe that’s fair, or maybe not, but it is the expectation we are required to meet.

As we head into the 2015-16 season, ask yourself if you are willing to meet that expectation. If the answer is yes, welcome back and we look forward to a great season.

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