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.
“The National Team Development Program provides a tremendous opportunity for the elite young players in our country,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We’ve developed many programs over the years at USA Hockey and the NTDP is among our very best initiatives.”
What the program has meant