ANN ARBOR, Mich. – USA Hockey today announced that 13 players have been added to the 2010-11 roster for its National Team Development Program. The group of 13, which includes eight forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender, will be part of the U.S. National Under-17 Team next year.
“We’re pleased to announce this next group of players that will surely benefit from being part of the National Team Development Program,” said Ryan Rezmierski, director of player personnel for the NTDP. “We’re very excited about the talent level of this group. Our scouting staff, especially Peter Ward, Eric Silverman, Mike Kesler and Louis Pacella, has done an outstanding job evaluating these players and helping bring them into the mix.”
The eight forwards added for next season include Cameron Darcy (South Boston, Mass.), Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.), Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.), Brendan Silk (Melrose, Mass.), Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Frankie Vatrano (E. Longmeadow, Mass.).
The five defensemen joining Team USA in 2010-11 include Connor Carrick (Oak Lawn, Ill.), Dakota Mermis (Alton, Ill.), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.).
The lone goaltender signed on for next season is Jared Rutledge (Skokie, Ill.).
NOTES: The latest additions join Seth Jones (Plano, Texas), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.), Niklas Olsson (Escondido, Calif.) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.), who were already announced as part of next year’s team … Two players, Stefan Matteau and Henrik Samuelsson, are sons of former National Hockey League players … Quentin Shore’s two older brothers, Drew (2007-09) and Nick (2008-10), each played at the NTDP … The U.S. National Under-17 Team will be made up of two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards.
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