35 current or former USHL players were among the 42 invitees named to USA Hockey's 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase, giving them an opportunity to represent their country and play for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase will run from from July 28-Aug. 4 in Kamloops, BC at the Sandman Centre. The Showcase is part of the process that will determine the final roster for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will run from Dec. 26, 2018, through Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, BC.
Team USA is looking for its fifth gold medal and second title in three years at the 2019 World Junior Championship. Team USA took home gold in 2017, courtesy of Troy Terry's (Team USA) heroics, 2013, 2010, thanks to an overtime goal from John Carlson (Indiana Ice) in the gold-medal game, and in 2004. 20 players on last year's team had USHL experience, and a record 22 players on the 2017 gold-medal team previously played in the USHL. All 14 defenseman, three of the four goaltenders and 18 of the 24 forwards on the initial Showcase roster have USHL experience.
Minnesota State University head coach Mike Hastings (Omaha Lancers) was named Team USA head coach for the first time. Green Bay Gamblers head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch was also named a guest coach at the Showcase.
Below is a full list of USHL alumni selected to participate in USA Hockey's 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase.
|Position||Name||USHL Team||2017-18 Team||Hometown|
|G||Spencer Knight||Team USA||Team USA||Darien, CT|
|G||Keith Petruzzelli||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Quinnipiac University||Wilbraham, MA|
|G||Cayden Primeau||Lincoln Stars||Northeastern University||Voorhees, NJ|
|D||Matt Anderson||Green Bay Gamblers||University of Minnesota Duluth||Shakopee, MN|
|D||Mikey Anderson||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Minnesota Duluth||Roseville, MN|
|D||Josh Ess||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||University of Wisconsin||Lakeville, MN|
|D||David Farrance||Team USA||Boston University||Victor, NY|
|D||Quinn Hughes||Team USA||University of Michigan||Orlando, FL|
|D||Joey Keane||Dubuque Fighting Saints||Barrie Colts (OHL)||Chicago, IL|
|D||Phil Kemp||Team USA||Yale University||Greenwich, CT|
|D||Ben Mirageas||Chicago Steel||Providence College||Newburyport, MA|
|D||K'Andre Miller||Team USA||Team USA||Minnetonka, MN|
|D||Tommy Miller||Team USA||Michigan State University||West Bloomfield, MI|
|D||Alec Regula||Chicago Steel||London Knights (OHL)||West Bloomfield, MI|
|D||Dylan Samberg||Waterloo Black Hawks||University of Minnesota Duluth||Hermantown, MN|
|D||Mattias Samuelsson||Team USA||Team USA||Voorhees, NJ|
|D||Reilly Walsh||Chicago Steel||Harvard University||North Falmouth, MA|
|F||Evan Barratt||Team USA||Penn State University||Bristol, PA|
|F||Noah Cates||Omaha Lancers||Omaha Lancers||Stillwater, MN|
|F||Logan Cockerill||Team USA||Boston University||Brighton, MI|
|F||Paul Cotter||Lincoln Stars||Lincoln Stars||Canton, MI|
|F||Sean Dhooghe||Team USA||University of Wisconsin||Aurora, IL|
|F||Jack Drury||Waterloo Black Hawks||Waterloo Black Hawks||Winnetka, IL|
|F||Joel Farabee||Team USA||Team USA||Cicero, NY|
|F||Jonathan Gruden||Team USA||Team USA||Rochester Hills, MI|
|F||Curtis Hall||Youngstown Phantoms||Youngstown Phantoms||Chagrin Falls, OH|
|F||Jack Hughes||Team USA||Team USA||Orlando, FL|
|F||Logan Hutsko||Team USA||Boston College||North Caldwell, NJ|
|F||Grant Mismash||Team USA||University of North Dakota||Edina, MN|
|F||Josh Norris||Team USA||University of Michigan||Oxford, MI|
|F||Jay O'Brien||Youngstown Phantoms||Youngstown Phantoms||Hingham, MA|
|F||Ryan Poehling||Lincoln Stars||St. Cloud State University||Lakeville, MN|
|F||Brady Tkachuk||Team USA||Boston University||St. Louis, MO|
|F||Oliver Wahlstrom||Team USA||Team USA||Quincy, MA|
|F||Jake Wise||Team USA||Team USA||North Andover, MA|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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.