USA Hockey National Team Development Program

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In 1996, USA Hockey launched a revolutionary new initiative called the National Team
Development Program, based in Ann Arbor. The goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. 

The program is composed of two squads, the U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams. The Under-17 Team competes in the United States Hockey League and also participates in three international events annually. The U.S. National Under-18 Team’s schedule includes games against NCAA Division I and III opponents, contests vs. USHL teams, as well as competition in three international tournaments.

The Ann Arbor Ice Cube, a first-class facility consisting of three ice sheets, locker rooms, offices, a training area and weight room is home to the NTDP. Unlike other competitive athletic teams, the success of the NTDP is not gauged on wins and losses. Instead, the focus is on the development of skills and acquiring experience against older competitors.
What the program has meant
In evaluating how the NTDP has impacted hockey in the
United States, consider:
• The U.S. has won the gold medal at the IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009-2012, with each team comprised primarily of NTDP players.
• The U.S., with a team comprised largely of NTDP players, captured its first-ever gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2004 and won its second in 2010. In 2011, the team won broze, marking the first time ever for back-to-back medals.
• In 2012-13, more than 90 NTDP alumni were playing in the National Hockey League.

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(USA Hockey National Team Development Website)