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2014 U.S. Under-18 Select Team Announced

07/02/2014, 3:15pm EDT
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-two players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

The Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp took place June 30-July 2 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.

The roster features five players who helped the undefeated U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Trnava, Slovakia. They include Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn), Tory Dello (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Brent Gates (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Thomas Novak (River Falls, Wis.) and Troy Terry (Highland Ranch, Colo.).

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is an annual event held each August for national under-18 teams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his passing.

NOTES: The 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States … With a second-place showing in 2013, Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup 11 times since the tournament began in 1991. The U.S. earned first place in 2003, second on eight occasions (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013) and third twice (1991, 1995) … The 22 players on the roster represent 12 different states. Michigan leads the pack with five representatives, Illinois has four, Minnesota three and Massachusetts has two … The annual USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other top players from their age group.

Team USA Schedule for 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)
Aug. 9 Slovakia (Exibition) 5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Aug. 11 Czech Republic 7:00 p.m/1:00 p.m.
Aug. 12 Russia 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Aug. 13 Finland 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Aug. 15 Semifinals TBD
Aug. 16 1st/3rd Place Game TBD

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07/18/2014, 9:15pm EDT
By USA Hockey Officiating Program

Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.

The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.

The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.

Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.

Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one.  Let’s get the season off to a great start!

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