skip navigation

Feature Friday: USHL Alumni Make NHL Rosters

01/15/2021, 5:15pm CST
By Brent Meske

198 USHL Alumni Make NHL Opening Night Rosters

As the 2021 NHL season gets underway, the United States Hockey League (USHL) has players on all 31 NHL rosters totaling 198 alumni in the league. 

By The Numbers: 

198 - Total Alumni
70 - Most Alumni from One USHL Team (USA Hockey NTDP)
54 - Taxi Squad Players
45 - Most Alumni from One USHL Season (2012-13)
40 - NCAA First Team All-Americans
35 - Oldest Alumnus in the NHL (David Backes - Anaheim Ducks)
28 - Clark Cup Champions (USHL)
23 - Stanley Cup Champions (NHL)
22 - NCAA Champions
19 - Youngest Alumnus in the NHL (Jack Hughes - New Jersey Devils)
12 - Highest Total Amount of USHL Alumni on an NHL Roster (Winnipeg Jets)
12 - NHL Coaches with USHL Ties
12 - Calder Cup Champions (AHL)
11 - NHL Alternate Captains
10 - USHL Alumni Looking for NHL Regular Season Debuts
8 - USA Hockey Player of the Year Award Winners
- NHL Debuts by USHL Alumni
4 - NHL Captains 
4 - Hobey Baker Award Winners

By The Numbers: USHL Teams

70: USA Hockey NTDP
16: Green Bay Gamblers
13: Sioux City Musketeers, Indiana Ice *
11: Omaha Lancers, Waterloo Black Hawks
10: Dubuque Fighting Saints, Sioux Falls Stampede, Tri-City Storm
9: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
8: Des Moines Buccaneers, Lincoln Stars
6: Chicago Steel, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Youngstown Phantoms
5: Fargo Force
2: Bloomington Thunder *
1: Madison Capitols, Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets *

* indicates a former USHL Member Club

By The Numbers: NHL Teams

12: Winnipeg
11: Arizona, Minnesota, Vancouver
9: Boston, Columbus, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh
8: Buffalo
7: Colorado, Dallas
6: Anaheim, Carolina, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Washington
5: NY Islanders, Ottawa
4: Calgary, Edmonton, New Jersey, Toronto
3: Chicago, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Vegas

*Dallas roster numbers are based on latest practice numbers as the team has not yet played a regular season game

Year-by-Year USHL Alumni Breakdown

2018-19: 1
2017-18: 6
2016-17: 21
2015-16: 27
2014-15: 37
2013-14: 39
2012-13: 45
2011-12: 41
2010-11: 38
2009-10: 35
2008-09: 10
2007-08: 6
2006-07: 5
2005-06: 6
2004-05: 6
2003-04: 4
2002-03: 4
2001-02: 1

MassMutual East Division

Name NHL Team USHL Team (Years)
Anders Bjork Boston Bruins USA Hockey NTDP (2012-14)
Connor Clifton Boston Bruins USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Trent Frederic Boston Bruins USA Hockey NTDP (2014-16)
Matt Grzelcyk Boston Bruins USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Sean Kuraly Boston Bruins Indiana Ice (2009-12)
Charlie McAvoy Boston Bruins USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
John Moore Boston Bruins Chicago Steel (2007-09)
Craig Smith Boston Bruins Waterloo Black Hawks (2006-09)
Dan Vladar * Boston Bruins Chicago Steel (2015-16)
William Borgen * Buffalo Sabres Omaha Lancers (2014-15)
Jack Eichel "C" Buffalo Sabres USA Hockey NTDP (2012-14)
Zemgus Girgensons (IR) Buffalo Sabres Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-12)
Jake McCabe Buffalo Sabres USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Casey Mittelstadt * Buffalo Sabres USA Hockey NTDP (2015-16), Green Bay Gamblers (2016-17)
Brandon Montour Buffalo Sabres Waterloo Black Hawks (2013-15)
Kyle Okposo "A" Buffalo Sabres Des Moines Buccaneers (2005-06)
Tage Thompson Buffalo Sabres USA Hockey NTDP (2014-15)
Will Butcher New Jersey Devils Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11), USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Connor Carrick New Jersey Devils USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Jack Hughes New Jersey Devils USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19)
Matt Tennyson New Jersey Devils Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2008-09)
Kieffer Bellows * New York Islanders Sioux Falls Stampede (2014-15), USA Hockey NTDP (2015-16)
Austin Czarnik * New York Islanders USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10), Green Bay Gamblers (2010-11)
Anders Lee "C" New York Islanders Green Bay Gamblers (2009-11)
Scott Mayfield New York Islanders Youngstown Phantoms (2009-11)
Oliver Wahlstrom New York Islanders USA Hockey NTDP (2016-18)
Morgan Barron * New York Rangers Sioux City Musketeers (2016-17)
Anthony Bitetto * New York Rangers Indiana Ice (2008-10)
Tony DeAngelo New York Rangers Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2010-11)
Adam Fox New York Rangers USA Hockey NTDP (2014-16)
Keith Kinkaid * New York Rangers Des Moines Buccaneers (2007-08)
Brendan Lemieux New York Rangers Green Bay Gamblers (2012-13)
Ryan Lindgren New York Rangers USA Hockey NTDP (2014-16)
K'Andre Miller New York Rangers USA Hockey NTDP (2016-18)
Jacob Trouba "A" New York Rangers USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Justin Braun Philadelphia Flyers Green Bay Gamblers (2004-06)
Joel Farabee Philadelphia Flyers USA Hockey NTDP (2016-18)
Mark Friedman Philadelphia Flyers Waterloo Black Hawks (2012-14)
Alex Lyon * Philadelphia Flyers Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2010-11), Omaha Lancers (2011-13)
Nate Prosser * Philadelphia Flyers Sioux Falls Stampede (2003-06)
Ivan Provorov "A" Philadelphia Flyers Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2013-14)
Anthony Angello * Pittsburgh Penguins Omaha Lancers (2013-15)
Casey DeSmith Pittsburgh Penguins Indiana Ice (2009-11)
Jake Guentzel Pittsburgh Penguins Sioux City Musketeers (2012-13)
John Marino Pittsburgh Penguins Tri-CIty Storm (2015-16)
Mike Matheson Pittsburgh Penguins Dubuque Fighting Saints (2011-12)
Chad Ruhwedel Pittsburgh Penguins Sioux Falls Stampede (2008-10)
Bryan Rust Pittsburgh Penguins USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Jason Zucker Pittsburgh Penguins USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
John Carlson "A" Washington Captals Indiana Ice (2006-08)
Pheonix Copley * Washington Captals Tri-City Storm (2011-12), Des Moines Buccaneers (2011-12)
Nic Dowd Washington Captals Indiana Ice (2009-10)
Nick Jensen Washington Captals Green Bay Gamblers (2008-10)
T.J. Oshie Washington Captals Sioux Falls Stampede (2004-05)
Brian Pinho * Washington Captals Indiana Ice (2013-14)

* indicates a player on the Taxi Squad
"A" indicates an Alternate Captain
"C" indicates a Captain
IR indicates a player on Injured Reserve

MassMutual East Division - Coaches

Name NHL Team Role USHL Team Role (Years)
Don Granato Buffalo Sabres Assistant Coach USA Hockey NTDP Head Coach (2011-16)
Green Bay Gamblers General Manager/Head Coach (1994-97)
Wisconsin Capitols Head Coach (1993-94)
Madison Capitols Player (1985-87)
Dave Rogalski New Jersey Devils Goaltending Coach Sioux Falls Stampede Goaltending Consultant (2016-18)
John Gruden New York Islanders Assistant Coach USA Hockey NTDP Assistant Coach (2011-15)
Waterloo Black Hawks Player (1989-90)

Discover Central Division

Name NHL Team USHL Team (Years)
Ryan Dzingel Carolina Hurricanes Lincoln Stars (2009-11)
Max McCormick * Carolina Hurricanes Sioux City Musketeers (2010-11)
Joakim Ryan * Carolina Hurricanes Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11)
Brady Skjei Carolina Hurricanes USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Jaccob Slavin "A" Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Steel (2010-13)
Andrei Svechnikov Carolina Hurricanes Muskegon Lumberjacks (2016-17)
Ryan Carpenter Chicago Blackhawks Sioux City Musketeers (2009-11)
Wyatt Kalynuk * Chicago Blackhawks Lincoln Stars (2014-15), Bloomington Thunder (2015-17)
Connor Murphy "A" Chicago Blackhawks USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Adam Clendening * Columbus Blue Jackets USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Nathan Gerbe * Columbus Blue Jackets River City Lancers (2002-03)
Seth Jones "A" Columbus Blue Jackets USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Matiss Kivlenieks * Columbus Blue Jackets Sioux City Musketeers (2016-17)
Ryan MacInnis * Columbus Blue Jackets USA Hockey NTDP (2012-13)
Stefan Matteau * Columbus Blue Jackets USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Andrew Peeke * Columbus Blue Jackets Green Bay Gamblers (2015-16)
Eric Robinson Columbus Blue Jackets Dubuque Fighting Saints (2013-14)
Zach Werenski Columbus Blue Jackets USA Hockey NTDP (2013-14)
Joseph Cecconi Dallas Stars Muskegon Lumberjacks (2013-15)
Tanner Kero Dallas Stars Fargo Force (2010-11)
Joel L'Esperance Dallas Stars Tri-City Storm (2011-14), Sioux City Musketeers (2013-14)
Jake Oettinger Dallas Stars USA Hockey NTDP (2014-16)
Joe Pavelski Dallas Stars Waterloo Black Hawks (2003-04)
Jerad Rosburg Dallas Stars Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2013-14), Sioux City Musketeers (2013-15)
Ryan Shea Dallas Stars Youngstown Phantoms (2014-16)
Kevin Boyle * Detroit Red Wings Tri-City Storm (2008-09)
Danny DeKeyser Detroit Red Wings Sioux City Musketeers (2009-10)
Adam Erne Detroit Red Wings Indiana Ice (2010-11)
Sam Gagner Detroit Red Wings Sioux City Musketeers (2005-06)
Dylan Larkin "C" Detroit Red Wings USA Hockey NTDP (2012-14)
Jon Merrill Detroit Red Wings USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Vinnie Hinostroza Florida Panthers Waterloo Black Hawks (2010-13)
Ryan Lomberg Florida Panthers Muskegon Lumberjacks (2011-12), Youngstown Phantoms (2014-15)
Frank Vatrano Florida Panthers USA Hockey NTDP (2010-13)
Matt Benning Nashville Predators Dubuque Fighting Saints (2012-13)
Rocco Grimaldi Nashville Predators USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Erik Haula Nashville Predators Omaha Lancers (2009-10)
Luke Kunin Nashville Predators USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Jarred Tinordi Nashville Predators USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Eeli Tolvanen * Nashville Predators Sioux City Musketeers (2015-17)
Blake Coleman Tampa Bay Lightning Tri-City Storm (2009-10), Indiana Ice (2009-11)
Cal Foote Tampa Bay Lightning Omaha Lancers (2014-15)
Boo Nieves Tampa Bay Lightning Indiana Ice (2011-12)

* indicates a player on the Taxi Squad
"A" indicates an Alternate Captain
"C" indicates a Captain
IR indicates a player on Injured Reserve 

Discover Central Division - Coaches

Name NHL Team Role USHL Team Role (Years)
Manny Legace Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltending Coach Muskegon Lumberjacks Goaltending Coach (2012-13)
Jeff Blashill Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Indiana Ice General Manager/Head Coach (2008-10)
Des Moines Buccaneers Player (1991-94)
Dan Bylsma Detroit Red Wings Assistant Coach Dubuque Fighting Saints Owner (2018-present)
Dan Hinote Nashville Predators Assistant Coach USA Hockey NTDP Associate Coach (2018-20)
Jon Cooper Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Green Bay Gamblers General Manager/Head Coach (2008-10)
Derek Lalonde Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant Coach Green Bay Gamblers General Manager/Head Coach (2011-14)

Honda West Division

Name NHL Team USHL Team (Years)
David Backes * Anaheim Ducks Lincoln Stars (2001-03)
John Gibson Anaheim Ducks USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Max Jones (IR) Anaheim Ducks USA Hockey NTDP (2014-15)
Vinni Lettieri * Anaheim Ducks Lincoln Stars (2011-13)
Troy Terry Anaheim Ducks Indiana Ice (2013-14), USA Hockey NTDP (2014-15)
Andy Welinski * Anaheim Ducks Green Bay Gamblers (2010-12)
Drake Caggiula Arizona Coyotes Des Moines Buccaneers (2011-12)
Christian Dvorak Arizona Coyotes Chicago Steel (2012-13)
Hudson Fasching * Arizona Coyotes USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Christian Fischer Arizona Coyotes USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Conor Garland Arizona Coyotes Muskegon Lumberjacks (2012-13)
Alex Goligoski Arizona Coyotes River City Lancers (2002-03), Sioux Falls Stampede (2003-04)
Jordan Gross * Arizona Coyotes Green Bay Gamblers (2011-14)
John Hayden Arizona Coyotes USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Clayton Keller Arizona Coyotes USA Hockey NTDP (2014-16)
Jordan Oesterle Arizona Coyotes Sioux Falls Stampede (2010-11)
Nick Schmaltz Arizona Coyotes Green Bay Gamblers (2011-14)
Shane Bowers * Colorado Avalanche Waterloo Black Hawks (2015-17)
JT Compher Colorado Avalanche USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Dennis Gilbert * Colorado Avalanche Chicago Steel (2014-15)
Brandon Saad Colorado Avalanche USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Kiefer Sherwood * Colorado Avalanche USA Hockey NTDP (2012-13), Youngstown Phantoms (2012-15)
Hunter Miska * Colorado Avalanche USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13), Dubuque Fighting Saints (2015-16)
Logan O'Connor * Colorado Avalanche Sioux Falls Stampede (2013-15)
Mikey Anderson Los Angeles Kings Waterloo Black Hawks (2015-17)
Troy Grosenick Los Angeles Kings Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2008-10)
Alex Iafallo Los Angeles Kings Fargo Force (2011-13)
Blake Lizotte Los Angeles Kings Fargo Force (2015-17)
Trevor Moore Los Angeles Kings Tri-City Storm (2011-13)
Matt Roy Los Angeles Kings Indiana Ice (2012-14)
Matt Bartkowski * Minnesota Wild Lincoln Stars (2006-08)
Louie Belpedio * Minnesota Wild USA Hockey NTDP (2012-14)
Jordan Greenway Minnesota Wild USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Ryan Hartman Minnesota Wild USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Luke Johnson * Minnesota Wild Lincoln Stars (2011-13)
Gerald Mayhew Minnesota Wild Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2011-13)
Dakota Mermis * Minnesota Wild Lincoln Stars (2009-10), USA Hockey NTDP (2010-11), Green Bay Gamblers (2011-12)
Greg Pateryn Minnesota Wild Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (2007-08)
Kyle Rau * Minnesota Wild Sioux Falls Stampede (2010-11)
Nico Sturm Minnesota Wild Tri-City Storm (2015-16)
Ryan Suter "A" Minnesota Wild Madison Capitols (Owner; 2013-present)
Ryan Donato San Jose Sharks Omaha Lancers (2014-15)
Mario Ferraro San Jose Sharks Des Moines Buccaneers (2016-17)
Dylan Gambrell San Jose Sharks Dubuque Fighting Saints (2012-15)
Kevin Labanc San Jose Sharks USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
John Leonard * San Jose Sharks Green Bay Gamblers (2015-17)
Matt Nieto San Jose Sharks USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Justin Faulk St. Louis Blues USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Torey Krug St. Louis Blues Indiana Ice (2008-09)
Mackenzie MacEachern * St. Louis Blues Chicago Steel (2012-13)
Austin Poganski * St. Louis Blues Tri-City Storm (2012-14)
Zach Sanford St. Louis Blues Waterloo Black Hawks (2013-14)
Jaden Schwartz St. Louis Blues Tri-City Storm (2009-10)
Alec Martinez Vegas Golden Knights Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2004-05)
Max Pacioretty Vegas Golden Knights Sioux City Musketeers (2006-07)
Alex Tuch Vegas Golden Knights USA Hockey NTDP (2012-14)

* indicates a player on the Taxi Squad
"A" indicates an Alternate Captain
"C" indicates a Captain
IR indicates a player on Injured Reserve

Honda West Division - Coaches

Name NHL Team Role USHL Team Role (Years)
Phil Housley Arizona Coyotes Assistant Coach St. Paul Vulcans Player (1980-82)
Jay Varady Arizona Coyotes Assistant Coach Sioux City Musketeers Director of Hockey Operations, Head Coach, Associate Coach (2013-17)
Dubuque Fighting Saints Player (1995-97)
Jim Montgomery St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach Dubuque Fighting Saints General Manager/Head Coach (2010-13)

Scotia North Division

Name NHL Team USHL Team (Years)
Noah Hanifin Calgary Flames USA Hockey NTDP (2013-14)
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11)
Connor Mackey * Calgary Flames Green Bay Gamblers (2015-17)
Matthew Tkachuk "A" Calgary Flames USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Alex Chiasson Edmonton Oilers Des Moines Buccaneers (2008-09)
Caleb Jones Edmonton Oilers USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
William Lagesson Edmonton Oilers Dubuque Fighting Saints (2014-15)
Patrick Russell * Edmonton Oilers Waterloo Black Hawks (2013-14)
Charlie Lindgren * Montreal Canadiens Sioux Falls Stampede (2011-13)
Jeff Petry Montreal Canadiens Des Moines Buccaneers (2005-07)
Ryan Poehling * Montreal Canadiens Lincoln Stars (2015-16)
Joey Daccord * Ottawa Senators Muskegon Lumberjacks (2015-16)
Josh Norris Ottawa Senators USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17)
Brady Tkachuk "A" Ottawa Senators USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17)
Colin White Ottawa Senators USA Hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Christian Wolanin Ottawa Senators Green Bay Gamblers (2012-14), Muskegon Lumberjacks (2013-15)
Travis Boyd * Toronto Maple Leafs USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Jack Campbell Toronto Maple Leafs USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Justin Holl Toronto Maple Leafs Omaha Lancers (2009-10)
Auston Matthews "A" Toronto Maple Leafs USA hockey NTDP (2013-15)
Justin Bailey * Vancouver Canucks Indiana Ice (2011-12)
Brock Boeser Vancouver Canucks Sioux City Musketeers (2013-14), Waterloo Black Hawks (2014-15)
Thatcher Demko Vancouver Canucks Omaha Lancers (2011-12), USA Hockey NTDP (2012-13)
Adam Gaudette Vancouver Canucks Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2014-15)
Quinn Hughes Vancouver Canucks USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17)
Marc Michaelis * Vancouver Canucks Green Bay Gamblers (2014-16)
J.T. Miller Vancouver Canucks USA Hockey NTDP (2009-11)
Tyler Motte Vancouver Canucks USA Hockey NTDP (2011-13)
Brogan Rafferty * Vancouver Canucks Bloomington Thunder (2015-16)
Jack Rathbone * Vancouver Canucks Youngstown Phantoms (2016-17)
Nate Schmidt Vancouver Canucks Fargo Force (2009-10)
Mason Appleton Winnipeg Jets Tri-City Storm (2014-15)
Mikhail Berdin * Winnipeg Jets Sioux Falls Stampede (2016-18)
Kyle Connor Winnipeg Jets Youngstown Phantoms (2012-15)
Andrew Copp Winnipeg Jets USA Hockey NTDP (2010-12)
Derek Forbort Winnipeg Jets USA Hockey NTDP (2009-10)
Trevor Lewis Winnipeg Jets Des Moines Buccaneers (2004-06)
Neal Pionk Winnipeg Jets Sioux City Musketeers (2012-15)
Tucker Poolman Winnipeg Jets Omaha Lancers (2012-14)
Dylan Samberg * Winnipeg Jets Waterloo Black Hawks (2016-17)
Paul Stastny Winnipeg Jets River City Lancers (2002-04)
Dominic Toninato (IR) Winnipeg Jets Fargo Force (2011-13)
Blake Wheeler "C" Winnipeg Jets Green Bay Gamblers (2004-05)

* indicates a player on the Taxi Squad
"A" indicates an Alternate Captain
"C" indicates a Captain
IR indicates a player on Injured Reserve


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

Tag(s): Top Story