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

By USA Hockey, 04/09/14, 1:30PM MDT

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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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The Referee Section of USA Hockey recently met during Annual Congress and discussed a variety of issues that will have an impact in the success of the officiating program. Many of those issues relate back to the successful completion of the registration requirements and the retention of officials.

Streamlining the registration process and maximizing the efficiency of our educational platforms are always a priority and the following Q-and-A will highlight those changes that every official should be aware of heading into the new season.

USA Hockey: What is the biggest change made to the registration requirements for this season?

Matt Leaf: With more and more seminars transitioning to a virtual format, the Referees-in-Chief (RIC) have determined that there really is no need for the closed book exams. So, level 2, 3 and 4 officials this season will no longer be required to submit a closed book (or modified online closed book exam) upon completion of the seminar requirement. Instead, the open book exams have been expanded to 75 questions for level 2 and 100 questions each for level 3 and level 4.

The RICs acknowledged that the purpose of the exams has always been as a means to encourage rule knowledge, so more effort was made to put together open book exam questions that will encourage the officials to open the Rules/Casebook in an effort to not only learn the rule, but more importantly, understand the spirit and intent of the rule.

USAH: Are there any other changes to the exam process

ML: The only other change to the exams deal with those who do not pass the original exam. Level 2, 3 and 4 officials will now be able to complete their retake exam 24 hours after failing their original exam. Level 1 officials will still need to wait seven days as we want them to slow down and take some time reviewing the rules so they can gain a better understanding and improve their chances for success on the ice.

USAH: What changes, if any, have been made to the seminars? Are all officials still required to attend a seminar each season?

ML: Yes, except for Tenured Officials, all officials are required to attend a seminar for the level that they apply for each season. So, a Level 1 official must attend a Level 1 seminar, Level 2 attends a Level 2 and then Level 3 and 4 seminars will be combined as one seminar in many cases.

Level 1 officials are strongly encouraged to attend a seminar in their own area and most areas will mainly conduct in-person Level 1 seminars. Although there will be some hybrid Level 1 seminars with both a virtual and in-person component, the key here is that every Level 1 official is required to attend a Level 1 seminar ice session. This may require some additional coordination of scheduling for these new officials, but the reality is this on-ice practice is so critical to any future success they may have on the ice that the RICs feel it is critical that the ice session is part of their educational experience.

Level 2 seminars will also include an on-ice component that Level 2 officials need to be aware of when they plan their seminar attendance. The vast majority of Level 3 and Level 4 seminars will be virtual and officials are encouraged to attend a seminar at a date and time that is convenient for them.

USAH: Have there been any changes to the curriculum for the various levels?

ML: The curriculum for each level was standardized prior to last season and is something that will continue to be updated on an annual basis. The specific presentations, along with the video examples, have all been developed in a manner that provides valuable information specific to each level with new presentations and updated video examples being used to keep things fresh and relevant. In addition, the seminar curriculum has been coordinated with the online modules to minimize duplication and to diversify the required education for each level.

USAH: How about SafeSport and Screening – any changes to those requirements?

ML: The background screening process will remain the same as USA Hockey is required to conduct a national screen every two years on any official who is 18 years of age as of June 1 of the registration year (in this case 2022). Both the background screen and the SafeSport training are mandated by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) per the Amateur Sports Act initiated by Congress.

For SafeSport, any official who was born in 2005, or earlier, is required to complete SafeSport training on a yearly basis. This may include the full training or refresher training that is managed by the US Center for SafeSport. Although it will not have an impact on registration for this season, there was a change in SafeSport that has been made where the training will only be valid for a 12-month period of time and it not consistent with an overlapping season. This will be addressed during the summer of 2023.

USAH: Are there any other changes or areas of emphasis that you want officials to be aware of?

ML: A significant part of the discussions that took place with the RICs focused on the importance mentoring plays in the success and, ultimately, the retention of brand-new officials. USA Hockey loses 50% of our new officials every season and improving that retention rate by just 15% will result in 1,000 additional experienced officials joining our ranks each year. We need to do a better job of bringing new officials into the fold and then supporting them in ways that sets them up for a successful and rewarding experience. The RICs feel strongly the best way to positively impact this issue is through mentoring.

Experienced officials should expect to receive information later this summer that outlines expectations of a formal Mentor Program and asking them to volunteer their time and expertise to become involved as a mentor. Once we have established a pool of officials that are willing to contribute in this way to the next generation of officials, they will be assigned a group of new officials they can reach out to and guide them through the registration process, seminar attendance, assistance in completing the open book exam and reaching out to prospective assignors when the time has come they are ready to work games. Once they have stepped on the ice, that mentor can continue to be a valuable resource for the new official and provide the necessary support needed to be successful. We will also be encouraging local clubs, assignors and officials’ groups to implement Shadow Programs that will complement the Mentor Program and positively enhance the officials’ experience even more.

With everyone working together towards a common goal, USA Hockey can become a leader in addressing the officiating crisis while providing a positive experience to our next generation of officials.

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