USA Hockey National Team Development Program


The National Team Development Program (NTDP) was started in 1996 by USA Hockey as a way to identify elite ice hockey players under the age of 18, and centralize their training.[1] There are two teams in the program: under-17 and under-18. Both teams are based in Plymouth, Michigan. The stated goal of the NTDP is "to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on the U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice".[1] While enrolled in the NTDP, players stay with billet families.

National Team Development Program (NTDP)
Nickname(s)Team USA
AssociationUSA Hockey
Head coachDan Muse
Adam Nightingale
Team colors     
IIHF codeUSA
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances21 (first in 1999)
Best result Gold: (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Medal record
World U18 Championship
2002 SlovakiaTeam
2005 Czech RepublicTeam
2006 SwedenTeam
2009 United StatesTeam
2010 BelarusTeam
2011 GermanyTeam
2012 Czech RepublicTeam
2014 FinlandTeam
2015 SwitzerlandTeam
2017 SlovakiaTeam
2004 BelarusTeam
2007 FinlandTeam
2013 RussiaTeam
2018 RussiaTeam
2008 RussiaTeam
2016 United StatesTeam
2019 SwedenTeam

From its founding until 2014–15, the program was based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, playing games at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. However, following that season, the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL relocated, freeing up the what was then known as the Compuware Arena. USA Hockey purchased the facility from Peter Karmanos, renamed it the USA Hockey Arena and moved the NTDP to Plymouth.[2]

The under-17 and under-18 teams play games domestically against opponents in the United States Hockey League (under-17 and under-18 teams) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (under-18 team), as well as three international tournaments for each team plus occasional friendlies. The NTDP teams previously competed in the North American Hockey League until 2009.[3]

Competitive record[4]


World U18 Championship[5]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup[6]

  • 1991 —  Bronze
  • 1992 — 4th place
  • 1993 —  Silver
  • 1994 —  Silver
  • 1995 —  Bronze
  • 1996 —  Silver
  • 1997 — N/A
  • 1998 — N/A
  • 1999 — N/A
  • 2000 —  Silver
  • 2001 —  Gold
  • 2002 — 5th place
  • 2003 Gold
  • 2004 — 4th place
  • 2005 — 5th place
  • 2006 Silver
  • 2007 — 5th place
  • 2008 — 7th place
  • 2009 — 4th place
  • 2010 Silver
  • 2011 — 5th place
  • 2012 — 7th place
  • 2013 Silver
  • 2014 Bronze
  • 2015 — 5th place
  • 2016 Silver
  • 2017 — 5th place
  • 2018 — 4th place
  • 2019 — 6th place

Team


2020–21 under-18 roster

Roster for the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championships.[7]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
1 Braden Holt G 6' 2" 150 lb 2003-07-30 Bozeman, Montana Everett (WHL) None
2 Sean Behrens (A) D 5' 10" 177 lb 2003-03-31 Barrington, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
3 Ryan Chesley D 6' 0" 187 lb 2004-02-27 Mahtomedi, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota
4 Jack Hughes F 5' 11" 165 lb 2003-11-02 Westwood, Massachusetts St. Sebastian's (USHS–MA) Northeastern
5 Ty Murchison D 6' 2" 192 lb 2003-02-02 Corona, California Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) Arizona State
7 Jack Devine F 5' 11" 173 lb 2003-10-01 Glencoe, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
8 Justin Janicke F 5' 11" 185 lb 2003-06-30 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
9 Liam Gilmartin F 6' 2" 192 lb 2003-01-07 Falls Church, Virginia Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) None
10 Ethan Straky D 5' 11" 174 lb 2003-04-18 Ormond Beach, Florida Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
12 Sasha Pastujov F 6' 0" 184 lb 2003-07-15 Bradenton, Florida Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
14 Rutger McGroarty F 6' 1" 199 lb 2004-03-30 Lincoln, Nebraska Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
15 Ryan St. Louis F 5' 10" 168 lb 2003-06-13 Riverside, Connecticut Brunswick (USHS–CT) Northeastern
17 Aidan Hreschuk (A) D 5' 11" 188 lb 2003-02-19 Long Beach, California Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
19 Red Savage (C) F 5' 11" 180 lb 2003-05-15 Scottsdale, Arizona Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
20 Lane Hutson D 5' 7" 140 lb 2004-02-14 Barrington, Illinois North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
21 Marek Hejduk F 5' 11" 186 lb 2004-01-03 Parker, Colorado Colorado Thunderbirds U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
22 Isaac Howard F 5' 10" 178 lb 2004-03-30 Hudson, Wisconsin Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota–Duluth
23 Logan Cooley F 5' 10" 168 lb 2004-05-04 West Mifflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
24 Ty Gallagher D 6' 0" 188 lb 2003-03-06 Clarkston, Michigan Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
25 Dylan Duke F 5' 10" 175 lb 2003-03-04 Strongsville, Ohio Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
27 Roman Schmidt D 6' 5" 210 lb 2003-02-27 Midland, Michigan Don Mills Flyers (Midget AAA) Boston University
28 Charlie Stramel F 6' 3" 210 lb 2004-10-15 Rosemount, Minnesota Rosemount (USHS–MN) Wisconsin
29 Gibson Homer G 6' 6" 210 lb 2003-12-29 Grand Rapids, Michigan Fox Motors U16 (Midget AAA) None
30 Kaidan Mbereko G 5' 11" 182 lb 2003-07-28 Aspen, Colorado Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) None

2020–21 under-17 roster

Roster as of September 12, 2020.[8]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
34 Maddox Fleming F 5' 11" 176 lb 2004-02-13 Rochester, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
36 Tyler Muszelik G 6' 2" 188 lb 2004-07-01 Long Valley, New Jersey New Jersey Rockets U16 (Midget AAA) New Hampshire
37 Frank Nazar III F 5' 9" 163 lb 2004-01-14 Mount Clemens, Michigan HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
38 Logan Cooley F 5' 10" 154 lb 2004-05-04 West Mifflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
39 Devin Kaplan F 6' 2" 192 lb 2004-01-10 Bridgewater, New Jersey North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
40 Ryan Chesley D 6' 0" 187 lb 2004-02-27 Mahtomedi, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota
41 Charlie Stramel F 6' 3" 215 lb 2004-10-15 Rosemount, Minnesota Rosemount (USHS–MN) Wisconsin
42 Cutter Gauthier F 6' 2" 190 lb 2004-01-19 Scottsdale, Arizona Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
43 Seamus Casey D 5' 9" 151 lb 2004-01-08 Estero, Florida Florida Alliance U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
44 Marek Hejduk F 5' 9" 164 lb 2004-01-03 Parker, Colorado Colorado Thunderbirds U16 (Midget AAA) Harvard
45 Jimmy Snuggerud F 6' 1" 178 lb 2004-06-01 Chaska, Minnesota Chaska (USHS–MN) Minnesota
46 Seamus Powell D 5' 11" 157 lb 2004-04-26 Marcellus, New York Rochester Selects U16 (Midget AAA) Boston College
47 Kaden Muir D 6' 0" 172 lb 2004-05-09 Manchester, New Hampshire Toronto Marlboros (Midget AAA) None
48 Lane Hutson D 5' 6" 134 lb 2004-02-14 Barrington, Illinois North Jersey Avalanche U16 (Midget AAA) Boston University
49 Hunter Brzustewicz D 5' 11" 178 lb 2004-11-29 Washington Township, Michigan Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
51 Cruz Lucius F 5' 11" 176 lb 2004-04-05 Grant, Minnesota Gentry Academy U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota
52 Brady Berard F 6' 0" 177 lb 2004-02-26 East Greenwich, Rhode Island Mount St. Charles U16 (Midget AAA) Providence
53 Isaac Howard F 5' 9" 174 lb 2004-03-30 Hudson, Wisconsin Shattuck-St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Minnesota–Duluth
56 Tyler Duke D 5' 9" 174 lb 2004-07-19 Strongsville, Ohio Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
57 Charlie Leddy D 6' 0" 172 lb 2004-01-11 Fairfield, Connecticut Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Boston College
58 Rutger McGroarty F 6' 1" 191 lb 2004-03-30 Lincoln, Nebraska Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 (Midget AAA) Notre Dame
59 Cole Spicer F 5' 10" 165 lb 2004-06-13 Grand Forks, North Dakota HoneyBaked U16 (Midget AAA) North Dakota
60 Dylan Silverstein G 6' 0" 177 lb 2004-02-07 Calabasas, California Dexter Southfield (USHS–MA) None

Record book


Single season[9]

Career[9]

  • Most goals: Cole Caufield, 126 (2017–19)
  • Most assists: Jack Hughes, 154 (2017–19)
  • Most points: Jack Hughes, 228 (2017–19)

Notable alumni


As of the 2018–19 season, more than 310 NTDP alumni were drafted in the National Hockey League.[10] This includes Rick DiPietro, Erik Johnson, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, and Jack Hughes, all of whom were drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, NTDP alumni Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk were selected 1st and 2nd overall respectively, being the first American-born players selected with the top two picks. A record 17 players selected directly from the NTDP in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[11]

References


  1. "USA Hockey National Team Development Program 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). USA Hockey. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  2. Hicks, Justin P. (2015-04-22). "USA Hockey's move to Plymouth won't sink Ann Arbor Ice Cube, management says". MLive. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  3. Morreale, Mike G. (2010-03-31). "NTDP's move to USHL has worked perfectly". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  4. "Men's Teams and Events". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  5. "U18 Men's World Championship". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  6. "Hlinka Gretzky Cup History". teamusa.usahockey.com.
  7. "U.S. National Under-18 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  8. "U.S. National Under-17 Team". USA Hockey. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. "All-Time NTDP Record Book". USA Hockey. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  10. "National Team Development Program Draft Picks by Round". USA Hockey. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  11. "Record-Breaking 17 Players Selected Directly from NTDP in 2019 NHL Draft". USA Hockey. Retrieved June 30, 2019.