|Twenty-one players will participate in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-one 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 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
The Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp took place from June 28-July 3 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.
The U.S. roster contains five players who helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Chomutov, Czech Republic, including defensemen Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Bob Nardella (Rosemont, Ill.); and forwards Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.), Joey Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) and Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.).
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual event held each August for national under-18 reams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the Hlinka 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 death.
NOTES: The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States … Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament began in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) … Team USA finished in seventh place last year … The 21 players on the roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota has seven representatives, while Michigan has four and Illinois 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 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Schedule
August 3-10 – Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia