St. Cloud State freshman forward Ryan Poehling and 21 NCAA commits have been named to the U.S. National Under-18 Team that will compete in the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.
Slovakia will host the event April 13-23. Poehling, a first-round NHL Draft prospect, is the lone member of the team not currently part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
Twelve schools have committed recruits on the team, led by Boston University with four representatives. Michigan has three, while Minnesota, North Dakota, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have two each.
Notre Dame alumnus John Wroblewski, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey’s NTDP, will serve as head coach of the team. The U.S. coaching staff also includes assistant coaches Nick Fohr (Omaha alum), Seth Appert (Ferris State) and Greg Moore (Maine), plus goaltending coach Kevin Reiter (Alaska Anchorage).
The U.S. is seeking its 10th gold medal in the Under-18 World Championship after earning bronze last year in Grand Forks, N.D. The U.S. has won gold in six of the past eight tournaments.
The U.S. will face Belarus, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden in Group B of the tournament. Canada, Finland, Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland are in Group A.
Denver commit Ian Mitchell is among the first six players named to Canada’s roster; the rest of the Canadian team and other rosters are yet to be announced.
|2017 USA Hockey Under-18 World Championship Roster|
|1||Dylan St. Cyr||G||Notre Dame|
|3||Ryan Poehling||F||St. Cloud State (2016-17)|
|4||Joel Farabee||F||Boston University|
|7||Brady Tkachuk||F||Boston University|
|8||Max Gildon||D||New Hampshire|
|9||Logan Cockerill||F||Boston University|
|11||Jacob Tortora||F||Boston College|
|12||Tommy Miller||D||Michigan State|
|16||Grant Mismash||F||North Dakota|
|17||Evan Barratt||F||Penn State|
|19||Graham Slaggert||F||Notre Dame|
|27||David Farrance||D||Boston University|
|30||Adam Scheel||G||North Dakota|