Four NAPHL players earn invites to USNTDP camp
Fifty-two of the top American players born in 1997, including four who played in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) this past season, have been invited to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The camp, which will help select the 2013-14 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 22-26, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.
"Our entire staff works tirelessly all year long to prepare for this important first step in building a team," said Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "We look forward to evaluating these talented young men both on and off the ice."
NAPHL players invited to the camp include (alphabetical):
Tarek Baker of the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 16U team, a 1997 born forward from Verona, Wisconsin. This season to date he has amassed 34 goals and 57 assists for 91 points in 67 games.
Christian Evers of the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 16U team, a 1997 born defenseman from Waukee, Iowa . This season to date he has amassed 17 goals and 42 assists for 59 points in 67 games.
Chase Pearson of the Atlanta Fire 16U team, a 1997 born forward from Alpharetta, Georgia. This season he led the Fire in scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 22 NAPHL games, and also 10 points in four NAPHL playoff games.
Ethan Price of the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 16U team, a 1997 born forward from Lincoln, Nebraska. This season to date he has amassed 41 goals and 61 assists for 102 points in 74 games.
The players will be divided into three teams - Red, White and Blue - and will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games. Each team will consist of nine forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
NTDP alumni Cole Bassett (Oakdale, Minn./1998-2000) and David Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as a coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Trent Palm (Edina, Minn./2004-06), also a former NTDP defenseman, will serve behind the bench.
For a complete roster of the invitees, click here.
NOTES: The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 23 different states. Michigan leads the way with eight natives on the roster, while New York is second with six.