Starting tomorrow in Amherst, New York the top 2001 birth year boys hockey players from across the United States will compete in games over five days while being evaluated by USA Hockey. The camp serves as an evaluation period used in selecting the players who will move on to join the U17 USA National Team Development Program.
Players are selected to participate as a result of their performance in a series of tryouts conducted at USA Hockey’s district and affiliate levels nationwide. USA Hockey’s National Player Development Camps consist of age-appropriate practices, games and off-ice training all geared toward strengthening young American hockey players. – USAHockey
The players are divided into 10 teams of 18 players, so a total of 180 players are invited to the camp. Each team will play 5 games with an All-Star Game taking place at the conclusion of the camp. We here at ELC will break down the top performers once the camp has concluded and box scores are posted (feel free to contribute to the paypal account if you would like to help us be able to afford to stream the games online).
There are 37 camp invitees who have made their college commitments already with 20 colleges having at least one player attending the camp. Minnesota and Boston University have the most committed attendees with four each; Harvard and St. Cloud State have three players in attendance and St. Lawrence, Michigan, Maine, Miami, Northeastern, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame each have two players. Schools with one player are Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Quinnipiac, North Dakota, Vermont, Western Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State.
Be sure to check back next week and to follow @elc_jeremy during the camp for information on who is performing well.