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USAH National Camps kick off for Boys 17's, Girls 16/17's

By Peter Odney , 06/23/21, 1:15PM CDT


An abundance of Minnesota talent makes its way to Amherst, New York and Saint Cloud, respectively, for the first USA Hockey National Camps of the summer.

A total of 52 Minnesotans dot this week's camp rosters

The 2021 USA Hockey Boys Select 17 camp kicks off today at the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y., home of...well, the USA Hockey Boys Select 17 camp. 

From June 23-30, some of the top 2004-born players in the country will practice with and scrimmage against each other under the watchful eye of scouts and evaluators from all levels of hockey. This camp is used, in part, to select the roster for the upcoming 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, to be played in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in early August. 

In the last decade, the United States' best finish at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup (formerly the Nations Cup and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament) was runner-up in 2016, falling in the title game to the Czech Republic. The U.S. last won gold in 2003. 

Canada has dominated the tournament for the last 20 years, winning 16 gold medals. 

Beginning Saturday will be the USA Hockey Girls 16/17 Development Camp, played at the Herb Brooks Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. 
Like the Boys camp, the Girls 16/17 camp (run from June 26-July 2) will be used to identify the final five forwards, four defenders, and four goaltenders for the Girls U18 Select Camp in July.

Subsequently, that camp will be used to select the U-18 National Festival in August. That event will help determine the final roster U.S. U-18 Women's National Team that will compete in the 2022 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships. 

In contrast with the men's side, the U.S. Women's U-18 National Teams have dominated their international competition. The Americans have won eight IIHF U-18 World titles since the tournament's inception in 2008, including four of the last five.

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Continue reading for a complete list of Minnesota natives and MSHSL players participating in these events. 

Minnesotans participating in USAH Boys 17 National Camp

Moorhead's Gavin Lindberg is one of two Spuds participating in this week's camp, along with defenseman Joe Schiller.

Camp Team Player Position 2020-2021 Team
Black Trey Ausmus Defense East Grand Forks
Black Jaksen Panzer Forward East Grand Forks
Columbia Landen Gunderson Forward Maple Grove
Columbia Simon Houge Defense Cretin-Derham Hall
Forest Jimmy Clark Forward Edina
Forest Sam Rinzel Forward Chaska
Forest Tristan Sarsland Defense Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Gold Nick Erickson Goaltender Hill-Murray
Gold Zam Plante Forward Hermantown
Gold Will Schumacher Forward Prior Lake
Gray Colton Jamieson Forward Cretin-Derham Hall
Gray Casy Laylin Forward St. Michael-Albertville
Gray Gavin Lindberg Forward Moorhead
Gray August Falloon Forward St. Cloud
Gray Jackson Anderson Defense Prior Lake
Kelly Joe Schiller Defense Moorhead
Kelly Anthony Madigan Forward Hill-Murray
Kelly Dylan Godbout Forward Hill-Murray
Kelly Gavin O’Connell Forward Wayzata
Kelly Kellen Murphy Forward Roseau
Navy Tyler Grahme Forward St. Thomas Academy
Red Weston Knox Defense Andover
Red Gavyn Thoreson Forward Andover
Royal Eric Pohlkamp Defense Brainerd
Royal Nick Pierre Forward Sioux City (USHL)
White Tanner Ludtke Forward Lakeville South

Tyler Grahme of St. Thomas Academy totaled 11 goals and 26 points last year for the Cadets.

Minnesotans participating in USAH Girls 16/17 National Camp

Olivia LaRoche netted three goals and 11 points for Minnetonka last season.

Player Position Birth Year 2020-2021 Team
Abigail Chamernick Defense 2004 Warroad
Laine DeVries Defense 2005 Chisago Lakes
Elly Klepinger Defense 2005 Breck
Olivia LaRoche Defense 2004 Minnetonka
Cailin Mumm Defense 2005 Andover
Sydney Putrah Defense 2005 Shattuck-St. Mary’s 16U
Riley Reeves Defense 2005 Gentry Academy
Sami Bowlby Forward 2004 Burnsville
Avery Chesek Forward 2004 Eastview
Claire Enright Forward 2004 Lakeville South
Isa Goettl Forward 2004 Andover
Molly Grundhoffer Forward 2004 Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep
Ava Guillemette Forward 2005 Prior Lake
Alexa Hanrahan Forward 2005 Gentry Academy
Sydney Leonard Forward 2005 Mound Westonka
Ellie Morrison Forward 2004 Blake
Lauren O’Hara Forward 2005 Centennial
Stella Retrum Forward 2005 Maple Grove
Grace Sadura Forward 2005 Minnetonka
Cara Sajevic Forward 2004 Gentry Academy
Ella Tuccitto Forward 2005 Simley
Reagan Wurm Forward 2005 Buffalo
Lauren Zawoyski Forward 2005 Edina
Sedona Blair Goaltender 2005 Holy Family Catholic
Celeste Rimstad Goaltender 2004 Holy Angels
Jayden Weiser Goaltender 2004 Jadyn Weiser

Sydney Leonard tied for the team-lead in goals with 19 for Mound Westonka during the 2020-2021 season.

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