By @MichaelCaples –
USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program’s Under-17 Team is still competing in the USHL playoffs, but today, the Plymouth-based program announced the players coming in next fall.
The 2018-19 Under-17 Team roster was announced today, as the NTDP revealed the latest group of players who will be joining the two-year training program.
Two 2002 birth-year Michigan natives made the team – Tanner Latsch and Jacob Truscott.
Latsch, a native of Twin Lake, played for Honeybaked 16U this past season, helping them to a MAHA state title. He is a Wisconsin verbal commit.
Truscott, a native of Fort Gratiot, played for Little Caesars 15-Only in 2017-18, also helping his club to a state title in their respective age group.
Ty Smilanic, a native of Elizabeth, Colo., spent part of his youth hockey days playing in Michigan; his last year was with the Belle Tire Bantam Major club in 2015-16.
The new roster features 21 players – eleven forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. Two players are younger brothers of NTDP alums – Landon Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.; brother of Graham Slaggert) and Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.; brother of Alex Tuch).
You can see the full list in the tweet embedded below, or click here.
21 players have been added to the 2018-19 U.S. National Under-17 Team roster.
— x-USA Hockey NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) May 4, 2018