Boeser, Ruggiero gain invaluable experience playing for Team USA at 5 Nations

by Chapin Landvogt
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Brock Boeser - Burnsville High School

Photo: Burnsville (MN) High School forward Brock Boeser (12) has committed to the University of Wisconsin beginning in 2015 (courtesy of MN Hockey Hub/Brian Nelson)

This summer, a number of young players from across the United States were selected to play for the US at the relatively unknown 5 Nations Tournament, a contest for various U17 teams held in Slovakia. The competition consisted of the opponents Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and play was conducted in a simple round robin format.

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Lure of OHL, shot at Memorial Cup too tempting for McCarron to pass up

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Mike McCarron - Team USA

Photo: London Knights forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron spent two years in the U.S. NTDP before choosing to play in the OHL (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 25th pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens hope they’ve found a big piece of their future. But in the meantime, said big piece will play a big role in the Memorial Cup aspirations of the tournament host London Knights.

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Video: 2013 Five Nations – Tory Dello, USA

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Tory Dello - Team USA

Photo: Tri-City Storm defenseman and 2015 prospect Tory Dello has committed to the University of Notre Dame (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Although the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament received most of the attention in August, another prospect showcase that took place in Slovakia, the U17 Five Nations Tournament, also featured some potential future NHL Draft material.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, USA

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Jack Dougherty - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Dougherty is one of a handful of Ohio State recruits to decommit from that program after the firing of OSU head coach Mark Osiecki (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team USA finished with the most points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but Team Canada took home the gold medal after defeating the USA, 4-0, in the championship game.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Nick Schmaltz, USA

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Nick Schmaltz - Team USA

Photo: 2014 prospect Nick Schmaltz will play another season in the USHL before moving on to the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

 

After dropping an opening-day overtime loss to Finland at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the USA bounced back on Day 2 to take a 4-2 victory over Russia. One of the scoring stars in that game for Team USA was forward Nick Schmaltz, who netted a goal and chipped in two assists for a three-point game.

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