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Meet the United States Youth Olympics Hockey Team

the first ever youth winter olympics start today in Innsbruck, Austria today. I’ll have fairly comprehensive coverage of the proceedings, starting today with a look at the US boys U-16 Hockey Team.

Goalies

Logan Halladay (Cary, North Carolina) – Halladay plays for the Junior Hurricanes, and took part in the prestigious Strelow Camp last year, where he was reportedly very impressive. He has been described as a very good butterfly goalie who also is great on his skates.

Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pennsylvania) – Minney also took part in the Strelow Camp, and had a .928 save percentage at a USA Hockey invite camp in New York.

Defense

Adam Baughman (Chicago) – Baughman had 5 goals and 12 points for Chicago Mission last year, and last year helped the Mission to the Silver Stick championship.

Nathan Billitier (Spencerport, New York) – Billitier is the youngest player in the EJHL this year, and helped Belle Tire win the U14 national title last year.

Ryan Bliss (Bedford, New Hampshire) – Bliss has pretty advanced hockey sense for his age, and should be one of the more steady players on the roster. He recently committed to Cornell, and is the youngest commit in ECAC Hockey currently.

Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minnesota) – Glover is a Sophomore for Benilde-St. Margaret, and has a goal and 8 points in 13 games for the second place team in the North Suburban conference.

Josh Jacobs (Shelby Township, Michigan) – Jacobs is playing for Detroit Honeybaked, one of the elite midget teams in the country, and is currently a Michigan State commit. He’s targeted to enroll in 2014.

Forwards

Blake Clarke (Wildwood, Missouri) Clarke is currently in the USHL with the Fargo Force, and last year at famed Shattuck St. Mary’s, which counts Sidney Crosby among its alums, Clarke had 33 goals and 80 points in 58 games.

Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Massachusetts)  – Last year Eichel was the youngest player on the Junior Bruins, and also the entire USA Hockey Junior B National Tournament. That didn’t stop him from leading the tournament in scoring while leading the Jr. Bruins to the title.

Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colorado) – One of a number of big kids on the team, Fiegl is listed at 6′, 190lbs. He is committed to the University of Denver for the 2014-15 season.

Shane Gerisch (Chaska, Minnesota) – Currently a Freshman for Waconia HS in Minnesota, Gerisch also made the USA Boys National Select 15 team this past summer.

Marcel Godbout (Center Line, Michigan) – Godbout is currently playing for Shattuck, and will join Josh Jacobs at Michigan State in 2014.

Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis) – MacInnis is the son of former St. Louis Blue Al MacInnis, and sadly for all of us he doesn’t prefer to blast a massive slapshot from the point like his dad did. MacInnis is being talked about as a great NHL prospect already, which is only natural when you come from the bloodlines he does.

Nicholas Magyar (Mentor, Ohio) – Magyar plays for the Cleveland Barons and instead of reading all about him from me you can follow his exploits in Innsbruck via a blog set up by his family. Very cool.

Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wisconsin) – Schmaltz is the brother of Jordan Schmaltz, who currently plays for the Green Bay Gamblers and is a probable first round pick in the 2012 draft. Nick recently followed in his brother’s footsteps in committing to the University of North Dakota.

Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, New York) – Wegwerth had 28 goals and 27 assists for Brewster last year, and has continued that production this year, leading his team to a 12-1 record currently, and has 29 goals and 20 assists.

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