Forty-seven of the top U.S. player born in 1994, meaning they just turned 16 or will be 16 this year, paricipated in a four-day evaluation camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., which ended Tuesday. Five were Minnesotans.
The camp was used to help select the 2010-11 U.S. National Under-17 Team. It was held at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Players were invited by USA Hockey.
“The camp is just one step in the process of determining our player pool,” said Ryan Rezmierski, the NTDP’s director of player personnel. “We expect our camp to be a high-intensity, high-skill evaluation. Our scouting staff has worked extremely hard to identify these candidates as a part of that evaluation process.”
Five goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards were split into two teams and participated in on-ice practices, off-ice training and four games.
Five Minnesotans were among the skaters there. One unconfirmed report I saw a day or two ago said both Gophers head coach Don Lucia and John Hill, his top assistant, attended the evaluation camp which was open to the public for a small charge.
USA Hockey's national team development program evaluation camp invitees included:
F Nate Arentz Lakeville, Minn. Lakeville (Minn.) North H.S.
F A.J. Michaelson Apple Valley, Minn. Apple Valley (Minn.) H.S.
D Brady Skjei Lakeville, Minn. Lakeville (Minn.) North H.S.
F Zach Stepan Hastings, Minn. Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) U16
F Gage Torrel Monticello, Minn. Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake H.S.