COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-two players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from Aug. 13-17 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
The Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp took place from June 23-29 at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y.
The U.S. roster includes 12 players who helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Ann Arbor, Mich., including goaltenders Thatcher Demko(San Diego, Calif.) and Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.); defensemen Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.),Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.), Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) and RJ Gicewicz (Orchard Park, N.Y.); and forwards Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.), Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.), Vinni Lettieri(Minnetonka, Minn.), Jimmy Lodge (Downington, Pa.), Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif).
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual event held each August for national under-18 teams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the Hlinka tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his death.
NOTES: The 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will feature teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished fifth last year and second in 2011 ... The 22 players on the roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota has five representatives, while New Jersey has four and California and New York each have three ... Matt Herr (Alpine, N.J.), head coach of the Kent School (Conn.), will serve as head coach and Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass), associate head coach at the University of Maine, and Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, will serve as assistant coaches ... The annual USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other players from their age group.
2012 U.S. Under-18 Select Team
Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate S/C Hometown Most Recent Team
Thatcher Demko 6-2 (188) 170 (77) 12/8/95 L San Diego, Calif. Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Devin Williams 5-11 (180) 160 (72) 10/30/95 L Saginaw, Mich. Erie Otters (OHL)
Connor Clifton 6-0 (183) 167 (76) 4/28/95 R Matawan, N.J. New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)
Anthony DeAngelo 5-10 (178) 150 (68) 10/24/95 R Sewell, N.J. Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Mike Downing 6-3 (191) 185 (84) 5/19/95 L Canton, Mich. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
RJ Gicewicz 6-0 (183) 162 (72) 11/13/95 L Orchard Park, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
Teemu Kivihalme 5-10 (178) 150 (68) 6/14/95 L Burnsville, Minn. Burnsville (Minn.) High School
Parker Reno 6-1 (185) 180 (82) 1/20/95 R Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
Tom Vanelli 6-2 (188) 175 (79) 1/16/95 R Victoria, Minn. Minnetonka (Minn.) High School
Justin Bailey 6-3 (190) 170 (77) 7/1/95 R Williamsville, N.Y. Indiana Ice (USHL)
Jason Cotton 6-0 (183) 170 (77) 2/7/95 R Parker, Texas Colorado Thunderbirds U16 (CAHA)
Adam Erne 6-0 (183) 206 (93) 4/20/95 L New Haven, Conn. Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Gabe Guertler 5-9 (175) 170 (77) 5/3/95 L Plantation, Fla. Fargo Force (USHL)
Karson Kuhlman 5-10 (178) 160 (73) 9/26/95 R Cloquet, Minn. Cloquet (Minn.) High School
Vinni Lettieri 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 2/6/95 R Minnetonka, Minn. Lincoln Stars (USHL)
Jimmy Lodge 6-1 (185) 154 (70) 3/5/95 R Downingtown, Pa. Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Sean Malone 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 4/30/95 L West Seneca, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
Drew Melanson 5-11 (180) 150 (68) 1/10/95 L Paramus, N.J. Delbarton School (N.J.)
Trevor Moore 5-8 (173) 165 (75) 3/31/95 L Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Andrew Oglevie 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 2/16/95 R Fullerton, Calif. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
Corey Ronan 5-7 (171) 150 (68) 10/6/95 R Franklin, Mass. St. Sebastianʼs School (Mass.)
Matt Weis 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 5/23/95 L Madison, N.J. Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Head Coach: Matt Herr, Alpine, N.J.
Assistant Coach: Bob Corkum, Salisbury, Mass.
Assistant Coach: Nick Fohr, Grand Forks, N.D.
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Krueger, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Team Physician: Dr. Leo Chin, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Equipment manager: Vinny Ferraiuolo, Roanoke, Va.
Team Leader: Gump Whiteside, Erdenheim, Pa.
USAH Staff Liaison: Kevin McLaughlin, Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Hockey, Inc.
President: Ron DeGregorio, Salem, N.H.
Executive Director: Dave Ogrean, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vice President and International Council Chair: Tony Rossi, Chicago, Ill.
Chairman of the Board: Walter L. Bush, Jr., Naples, Fla.
Senior Director, Communications: Dave Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo.