USA Hockey Press Release
USA Hockey Set to Host Three Nations Tournament in Rochester; Two U.S. Under-17 Select Teams To Participate in Aug. 12-18 Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey today announced it will host teams from Germany and Switzerland at the 2006 Under-17 Three Nations Tournament, which features some of the world’s best hockey players born in 1990 and 1991. The event will run from August 12-18 at the ESL Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y.
The United States will field two Under-17 Select Teams — Team White and Team Blue — consisting of 20 players each. The U.S. teams are composed of participants from the 2006 USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp — held July 29-August 4 in St. Cloud, Minn. — and the 2006 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp, which was held June 24-30 in Rochester, N.Y.
Forwards Brett Beebe (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Nate Dewhurst (Johnston, Iowa) and Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.), along with defenseman David Warsofsky (North Marshfield, Mass.) highlight the U.S. Under-17 Select Team Blue roster. Both Beebe and Warsofsky recorded three goals and four assists at the Select 16 Camp, while Dewhurst notched four points and Youso tallied five assists.
Sharing netminding duties for Team Blue will be Garrett Beckwith (Parsippany, N.J.) and Josh Watson (Lititz, Pa.). Beckwith posted a .962 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average while topping all goaltenders at the Select 16 Camp with two shutouts.
Rick Bennett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) will serve as head coach of Team Blue, while Sean Tremblay (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kyle Wallack (Vernon, Conn.) have been named assistant coaches.
Bennett, a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach, is set to begin his second season as an assistant coach at Union College, where he works with the team’s defensemen and special teams. Prior to Union, Bennett spent five years as an assistant coach at Providence College, working with both the Friars’ defensive and offensive units and coaching the team’s power play.
Tremblay, the head coach and general manager of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, led his team to the 2006 EJHL title and was named the 2006 EJHL Coach of the Year. Wallack, who worked on the College of Holy Cross coaching staff as recruiting coordinator the last two seasons, was recently named an assistant coach for the Yale University men’s ice hockey team.
The U.S Under-17 Select Team White roster features 12 forwards, including Troy Power (Camarillo, Calif.) and Shawn Szydlowski (St. Clair Shores, Mich.), who each registered three goals and two assists during the Select 16 Camp.
Meanwhile, Drew Olson (Brainerd, Minn.), Sam Lofquist (Faribault, Minn.) and Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) will help anchor the Team White blue line. Olson recorded three points at the Select 16 Camp, while Lofquist and Kostolansky registered two goals apiece.
Jordan Tibbett (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Matthew Walsh (Milton, Mass.) will share goaltending duties for Team White. Both netminders posted a 2.80 goals against average in five appearances at the Select 16 Camp.
Cary Eades (East Grand Forks, Minn.) will serve as head coach of Team White, while Brian Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) has been named assistant coach.
Eades, a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach, is currently in his second assistant coaching stint with the University of North Dakota. He served as an assistant coach for the 1987 NCAA champion Sioux and was a member of North Dakota’s staff for seven consecutive seasons (1984-91). Eades then spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Warroad (Minn.) High School, where he led the team to three Minnesota state championships before returning to the North Dakota bench in 2004.
Renfrew will enter his fourth season as an assistant coach at Michigan State University in 2006-07, where he works primarily with the team’s goaltenders and defensemen.
NOTES: Each U.S. team features 16 players from the Select 16 Camp and four players from the Select 15 Camp … At 14 years and eight months, defenseman Cam Fowler (Northville, Mich.) of Team White represents the youngest member of Team USA, while one of Team Blue’s goaltenders, Beckwith, is the oldest at 16 years and seven months…The 40 American players hail from a total of 16 U.S. states, including nine from Minnesota, six from Michigan and four each from California and Massachusetts … Last August, the U.S. Under-17 Select Team finished first in the 2005 Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland, compiling a 3-0-1 overall record in games against Slovakia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Germany.
2006 Under-17 Three Nations Tournament
U.S. Under-17 Select Teams Schedule
Date Matchup Location Time (EDT)
Aug. 12 USA White vs. USA Blue (Ex.) Rochester, N.Y. 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 14 USA Blue vs. Germany Rochester, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Switzerland Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 15 USA Blue vs. Switzerland Rochester, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Germany Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 16 Germany vs. Switzerland Rochester, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
USA White vs. USA Blue Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 17 Germany vs. TBD 1 Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 18 TBD 2 vs. TBD 3 Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
2006 Under-17 Three Nations Tournament
Ticket Prices (Preschool Aged Free)
Round Robin (Two games) $8/adult $5/student
Medal Games (One game) $8/adult $5/student
Tournament Pass (All games) $30/adult $15/student