USA Hockey recently announced its first six commitments
for its National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., for next season. The six players – four forwards and two defensemen – will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Highlighting the group is Ryan MacInnis, a forward from St. Louis, and the son of former NHL great Al MacInnis. MacInnis and three of the other selections competed on club teams last season, including forwards Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.).
The two defensemen competed for their high school teams. Ryan Bliss played for St. Paul's (Concord, N.H.)
, while Jack Glover led Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park, Minn.)
to the Class AA state title.
"We are pleased to welcome this talented group to the NTDP," NTDP Director of Player Personnel Peter Ward said in a release. "These players will provide a solid foundation for future signings and we will continue to find the top talent in the country as we fill out our roster."
* In other ice hockey news, Breck (Minneapolis)
standout freshman Keegan Iverson recently signed professionally with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The Star Tribune
reported Iverson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound forward, scored 13 goals and tallied 23 assists last season for Breck.