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U-18 Select Team

I forgot to mention this last week, but USA Hockey named their roster that will play at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.

Here is the roster:

2008 United States Under-18 Select Team

No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2007-08 Team
GOALTENDERS (2)
1 John Cullen 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 4/20/91 L Hamburg, N.Y. Maksymum (N.Y.) Hockey Club (Jr. B)
30 Casey DeSmith 5-11 (180) 160 (73) 8/13/91 L Rochester, N.H. Seacoast Spartans (N.H.)/Berwick Academy (Maine)

DEFENSEMEN (7)
2 Collin Bowman 6-3 (190) 200 (91) 6/13/91 R Littleton. Colo. Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
3 Brian Dumoulin 6-3 (190) 197 (89) 9/6/91 L Biddeford, Maine Biddeford (Maine) H.S./Seacoast Spartans (N.H)
4 Nick Leddy 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 3/20/91 L Eden Prairie, Minn. Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School
5 Eamonn McDermott 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 12/17/91 R Shaker Heights, Ohio Cleveland Barons (midget)
6 Paul Phillips 6-0 (183) 200 (91) 7/16/91 L Darien, Ill. Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
7 Brendan Rempel 6-3 (190) 200 (91) 4/24/91 R Willington, Conn. Avon (Conn.) Old Farms School
8 Beau Schmitz 5-10 (178) 185 (84) 3/26/91 R Howell, Mich. U.S. National Under-17 Team

FORWARDS (12)
9 Shane Berschbach 5-9 (175) 140 (64) 5/19/91 L Clawson, Mich. Detroit Little Caesars (midget)
10 Tyler Brown 6-0 (183) 195 (88) 4/4/91 L Westland, Mich. Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
11 Zach Budish 6-4 (194) 225 (102) 5/9/91 R Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
12 Caleb Herbert 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 10/12/91 R Bloomington, Minn. Bloomington Jefferson (Minn.) High School
14 Sean Little 5-11 (180) 185 (84) 4/15/91 R Fond du Lac, Wis. Madison (Wis.) Capitols (AAA)
15 Christopher McCarthy 6-1 (185) 175 (80) 7/30/91 R Collegeville, Pa. Berkshire School (Mass.)
16 Nick Oliver 6-2 (188) 195 (88) 5/4/91 L Wannaska, Minn. Roseau (Minn.) High School
17 Garrett Peterson 5-11 (180) 184 (83) 9/13/91 R Manhattan, Ill. Team Illinois
18 Tyler Pitlick 6-2 (188) 180 (82) 11/1/91 R Centerville, Minn. Centennial (Minn.) High School
19 Ryan Walters 5-11 (180) 185 (84) 7/30/91 L Rosemount, Minn. St. Thomas Academy (Minn.)
20 Steven Whitney 5-7 (170) 160 (73) 2/18/91 R Wakefield, Mass. Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
21 Alex Wideman 5-7 (170) 150 (68) 12/13/91 L St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis AAA Blues (midget)

This looks like a pretty good roster. The US doesn't choose NTDP players for this event in order to give exposure to a different mix of kids, and it should do just that. It should allow a couple players like Zach Budish, Collin Bowman, and Walters a little more exposure for next summer's draft, while allowing some lesser-known players the opportunity to wear a Team USA jersey overseas and hopefully get some more college exposure.