COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 20-man roster for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that will compete in the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Aug. 13-17 in Crimmitschau, Germany.
All 20 players participated in the USA Hockey Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp, which took place from July 7-13 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, New York.
The roster features 12 forwards, including Garrett Wait (Edina, Minn.), who led the Boys' Select 16 Player Development Camp with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in six games. The six-man defensive unit for Team USA includes Derek Daschke (Troy, Mich.) and Luke McInnis (Hignham, Mass.) who each recorded seven points in six and five games, respectively, during the Select 16 Player Development Camp. Sharing goaltending duties will be Ryan Edquist (Lakeville, Minn.) and Dayton Rasmussen (Eden Prairie, Minn.).
For complete Under-17 Five Nations Tournament coverage, including Team USA schedule and news, click here.
NOTES: The 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament will include teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States … Cary Eades (Sioux Falls, S.D.) will serve as head coach, while Clark Donatelli (Wheeling, W. Va.) and Bob Mancini (Saginaw, Mich.) will serve as assistant coaches for the 2014 U.S. Under-17 Select Team … The 20 players on the U.S. roster represent nine different states. Minnesota leads the way with nine players, while Michigan has three and Texas has two … The annual USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp provides top young players with elite instruction, as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other players in their age group.
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”