On Thursday, USA Hockey announced an Under-17 Select boys team and the University of Minnesota named two assistant coaches:
Twenty players who participated at USA Hockey’s Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp have been selected for the 2009 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that will compete at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament from Aug. 18-22, in Fussen, Germany.
The Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp took place from June 26-July 2, at the ESL Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y.
The U.S. roster features 12 forwards, including Cason Hohmann (Plymouth, Mich.), who led all players at the Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp with nine points (1-8), and Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn./4-4–8) and Christian Horn (Plymouth, Minn./6-2–8), who both finished with eight points.
Anchoring the six-man defensive corps for Team USA will be Dan Molenaar (Eden Prairie, Minn.), who led all defensemen at the Player Development Camp with eight points (7-1), and Garrett Haar (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who finished among the top 25 in scoring with five points (3-2).
Sharing the goaltending duties at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament will be Brendan Jensen (El Granada, Calif.) and Jay Williams (McLean, Va.). Jensen finished the Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp with a .933 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average, while Williams compiled a .932 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average.
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Also, two recent University of Minnesota men’s hockey standouts have been added to the team’s coaching staff for 2009-10. Grant Potulny, named a volunteer assistant coach in May, has been elevated to a full-time position following a national search process. In addition, Justin Johnson has been named the team’s volunteer goaltending coach. Both were members of Minnesota’s Division I championship teams in 2002 and 2003 with Potulny serving as a team captain each year.
Also, the NHL and NBC Sports announced Wednesday an extension through the 2010-11 season of their revenue-sharing partnership. The announcement was made by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports.