Five players from Minnesota were named to the U.S. select 17 team which will play in the Five Nations tournament from Aug. 7-11 in the Czech Republic.
The team was selected on Friday on the last day of the boys' select 16 development camp in Rochester, N.Y.
Shane Gersich of Chaska was the leading scorer in the camp with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in six games. He made the U.S. team as did two other forwards from the state, Cullen Munsno of Edina and Austin Poganski of St. Cloud, and two defensemen, Jake Dougherty of Cottage Grove and Jack Walker of Edina.
Minnesota has the most players on the 20-member U.S. team roster. Illinois and Michigan have the second most, with three apiece.
The U.S. team's schedule:
Sun., Aug. 5 Czech Republic (Exhibition) Wed., Aug. 8 Germany Thurs., Aug. 9 Switzerland Fri., Aug. 10 Czech Republic Sat., Aug. 11 Slovakia
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