35 current or former USHL players were among the 42 invitees named to USA Hockey's 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, giving them an opportunity to represent their country and defend Team USA's gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase will run from July 29 - Aug. 5 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI, home of Team USA. The Showcase is part of the process that will determine the final roster for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will run from Dec 26, 2017 through Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo, NY.
Team USA is looking for its fifth gold medal and second straight title at the World Junior Championship following last year's dramatic gold-medal winning victory in a shootout over Team Canada. Team USA also took home gold in 2013, 2010, thanks to an overtime goal from John Carlson (Indiana Ice) in the gold-medal game, and in 2004. 22 players on last year's gold-medal team previously played in the USHL.
All four goaltenders named to the 2017 Showcase are USHL alumni, including top-ranked NHL Central Scouting North American goaltenders Jake Oettinger (Team USA) and Keith Petruzzelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks). Additionally, 12 of the 13 defensemen named to the Showcase played in the USHL, including Mikey Anderson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Quinn Hughes (Team USA) and Andrew Peeke (Green Bay Gamblers). 19 of the 25 forwards selected by USA Hockey have USHL experience, which include 2017 Clark Cup Champion Jack Badini (Chicago Steel), top 2017 NHL Draft prospects Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay Gamblers) and Ryan Poehling (Lincoln Stars), and 2016 NHL Draft first-round pick Riley Tufte (Fargo Force).
Seven players named to the Showcase helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championship: Oettinger, Joseph Woll (Team USA), Adam Fox (Team USA), Ryan Lindgren (Team USA), Joey Anderson (Team USA), Kieffer Bellows (Team USA) and Patrick Harper (Omaha Lancers).
St. Cloud State University head coach Bob Motzko (North Iowa Huskies/Sioux Falls Stampede) was named Team USA head coach for the second straight season. 2017 Clark Cup Champion Dan Muse (Chicago Steel) was also named a guest coach at the Showcase.
Below is a full list of USHL alumni selected to participate in USA Hockey's 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
|Position||Name||USHL Team||Projected 2017-18 Team||Hometown|
|G||Jake Oettinger||Team USA||Boston University (Hockey East)||Lakeville, MN|
|G||Keith Petruzzelli||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Quinnipiac University (ECAC)||Wilbraham, MA|
|G||Dylan St. Cyr||Team USA||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)||Northville, MI|
|G||Joseph Woll||Team USA||Boston College (Hockey East)||St. Louis, MO|
|D||Mikey Anderson||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)||Roseville, MN|
|D||Adam Fox||Team USA||Harvard University (ECAC)||Jericho, NY|
|D||Max Gildon||Team USA||University of New Hampshire (Hockey East)||Plano, TX|
|D||Quinn Hughes||Team USA||University of Michigan (Big Ten)||Orlando, FL|
|D||Tyler Inamoto||Team USA||University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)||Barrington, IL|
|D||Phil Kemp||Team USA||Yale University (ECAC)||Greenwich, CT|
|D||Nate Knoepke||Team USA||University of Minnesota (Big Ten)||Farmington, MN|
|D||Chad Krys||Team USA||Boston University (Hockey East)||Ridgefield, CT|
|D||Ryan Lindgren||Team USA||University of Minnesota (Big Ten)||Minneapolis, MN|
|D||Luke Martin||Team USA||University of Michigan (Big Ten)||St. Louis, MO|
|D||Andrew Peeke||Green Bay Gamblers||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)||Parkland, FL|
|D||Dylan Samberg||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)||Hermantown, MN|
|F||Joey Anderson||Team USA||University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)||Roseville, MN|
|F||Jack Badini||Chicago Steel||Harvard University (ECAC)||Old Greenwich, CT|
|F||Evan Barratt||Team USA||Penn State University (Big Ten)||Bristol, PA|
|F||Kieffer Bellows||Team USA||Portland Winterhawks (WHL)||Edina, MN|
|F||Logan Cockerill||Team USA||Boston University (Hockey East)||Brighton, MI|
|F||Sean Dhooghe||Team USA||University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)||Aurora, IL|
|F||Trent Frederic||Team USA||University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)||St. Louis, MO|
|F||Max Gerlach||Fargo Force||Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)||Burnsville, MN|
|F||Patrick Harper||Omaha Lancers||Boston University (Hockey East)||New Canaan, CT|
|F||Max Jones||Team USA||London Knights (OHL)||Rochester, MI|
|F||Patrick Khodorenko||Team USA||Michigan State University (Big Ten)||Walnut Creek, CA|
|F||Will Lockwood||Team USA||University of Michigan (Big Ten)||Bloomfield Hills, MI|
|F||Grant Mismash||Team USA||University of North Dakota (NCHC)||Edina, MN|
|F||Casey Mittelstadt||Green Bay Gamblers||University of Minnesota (Big Ten)||Eden Prairie, MN|
|F||Josh Norris||Team USA||University of Michigan (Big Ten)||Oxford, MI|
|F||Ryan Poehling||Lincoln Stars||St. Cloud State University (NCHC)||Lakeville, MN|
|F||Brady Tkachuk||Team USA||Boston University (Hockey East)||St. Louis, MO|
|F||Riley Tufte||Fargo Force||University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)||Ham Lake, MN|
|F||Oliver Wahlstrom||Team USA||Harvard University (ECAC)||Quincy, MA|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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