COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will be in Arlington, Virginia, at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a series of practices beginning Sunday, Aug. 3, in preparation for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Each of the team’s practices will be free and open to the public.
The 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will be staged Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia, and features teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The 22-player roster was picked following the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp that took place June 26-July 2 at The Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, New York.
USA Hockey player development camps provide 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.
|Date||Practice Time (ET)||Rink|
|Sun., Aug. 3||8-9:10 p.m.||Capitals Rink|
|Mon., Aug. 4||9:10-10:30 a.m.||Capitals Rink|
|Mon., Aug. 4||6:50-8 p.m.||Capitals Rink|
|Tues., Aug. 5||8:40-10 a.m.||Capitals Rink|
Notes: Keep up-to-date on the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup via Twitter by following@USAHockeyScores ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second eight times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished in second place last year ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 12 different states. Michigan leads the pack with five representatives, while Illinois has four, Minnesota three and Massachusetts two ... Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), assistant coach at University of Minnesota Duluth, is serving as head coach. The assistant coaches are Pat Mikesch(Green Bay, Wis.), general manager and head coach of the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers; Nick Fohr (Dexter, Mich.), assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, part of the U.S. National Team Development Program; Pat Boller (Danbury, Conn.), assistant general manager and assistant coach of the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack; and Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), a regional manager for USA Hockey's American Development Model.