Ryan Hitchcock
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Ryan Hitchcock

Hometown:

Manhasset New York

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1996-03-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success

History

2010-11: Ryan Hitchcock skated for the Long Island Gulls midget minor team in New York. In 27 games he scored 30 goals with 28 assists and had 28 penalty minutes. Hitchcock was invited to USA Hockey's Select 14 Player Development Camp.

2011-12: Hitchcock joined the New Jersey Rockets — playing three games with the Tier 1 Atlantic Junior Hockey League team — spending most of the year with the Metropolitan League team. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist for the AJHL team and had 19 goals with 29 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 24 Met League games. Hitchcock was invited to USA Hockey's National Team Development Camp and was invited to join the program in 2012-13. in September 2011 Hitchcock committed to playing college hockey at Yale in 2014-15. He was selected by Brampton in the 10th round (197th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Hitchcock played two games for the NTDP's U18 team and was the third-leading scorer for the program's U17 squad in his first season in Ann Arbor. He skated for the USA's bronze medal-winning U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Hitchcock had 1 assist with the U18 team and scored 14 goals with 18 assists and had 14 penalty minutes in 54 games with the NTDP U17 squad. After scoring 1 goal in four games at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland he had 2 goals with 4 assists in six games at the 2013 WHC in Quebec. He played for the USA in the 2013 Five Nations Tournament in Finland, where the USA finished third, and had 2 goals with 4 assists in six games.

2013-14: Hitchcock returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the USA NTDP. In 41 games for the U18 team he scored 8 goals with 30 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. Hitchcock played in the 2013 USA Hockey/CCCM All-American Prospects game and was ranked 95th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

2014 U18 Video: Ryan Hitchcock, USA

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Ryan Hitchcock - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Hitchcock is slated to attend Yale University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While there is a fair amount of star power on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, the roster also sports an unheralded player or two that bring something other than offensive skills or imposing size. One such player is forward Ryan Hitchcock.

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Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover has been a participant in the NTDP program the past couple of seasons, and is committed to attend the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For USA Hockey, the IIHF U18 World Championship has become the ultimate opportunity to show its teeth and what the program has achieved. The team has been medaling for years and is coming off a disappointing loss to Canada in last spring’s gold medal game, one in which it outshot its northern neighbors, 35-12. This year’s squad is once again heading to the tournament with gold ambitions in mind, but will be looking a bit different than in years past.

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