Players with NCAA connections make up the vast majority of United States invitations to the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.
A total of 33 college players are on the 42-player U.S. roster headed to the event, which is set for July 29 to Aug. 5 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The four-nation event features players contending for spots on their respective national teams for the 2018 World Junior Championship, which will be held in Buffalo, N.Y.
Fifteen NCAA schools have players or recruits among the U.S. invitees. Boston University leads all schools with six representatives (including a former player); Minnesota Duluth and Michigan have four each while Harvard, Minnesota and Wisconsin each have three.
Seven invitees are returnees from the U.S. team that captured the gold medal in the 2017 World Junior Championship, a group that featured 20 NCAA players. The entire coaching staff from that team – led by St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko – returns to guide this year’s group.
The U.S. players at the World Junior Summer Showcase will be divided into two rosters. Those teams will compete against teams from Finland, Sweden, and two teams from Canada. Visit usahockey.com for a complete schedule of games.
|NCAA Players on the U.S. World Junior Summer Showcase Roster|
|Player||2016-17 Team||NCAA Team|
|Jake Oettinger||Boston University|
|Keith Petruzzelli||Muskegon (USHL)||Quinnipiac|
|Dylan St. Cyr||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Notre Dame|
|Joseph Woll||Boston College|
|Mikey Anderson||Waterloo (USHL)||Minnesota Duluth|
|Max Gildon||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||New Hampshire|
|Quinn Hughes||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Michigan|
|Tyler Inamoto||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Wisconsin|
|Phil Kemp||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Yale|
|Nate Knoepke||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Minnesota|
|Chad Krys||Boston University|
|Andrew Peeke||Notre Dame|
|Dylan Samberg||Waterloo (USHL)||Minnesota Duluth|
|Joey Anderson||Minnesota Duluth|
|Jack Badini||Chicago (USHL)||Harvard|
|Evan Barrett||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Penn State|
|Kieffer Bellows||Boston University*|
|Logan Cockerill||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Boston University|
|Sean Dhooghe||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Wisconsin|
|Patrick Harper||Boston University|
|Patrick Khodorenko||Michigan State|
|Grant Mismash||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||North Dakota|
|Casey Mittelstadt||Eden Prairie HS||Minnesota|
|Josh Norris||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Michigan|
|Ryan Poehling||St. Cloud State|
|Brady Tkachuk||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Boston University|
|Riley Tufte||Minnesota Duluth|
|Oliver Wahlstrom||U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)||Harvard|
|* Former player|