Many of the top American, 2003-born defensemen converged on Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y., earlier this month for a chance to showcase their talent at the 2019 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp.
The crop of '03 defensemen form a deep group, which was proven again at the festival. The camp was used as a selection tool by USA Hockey to determine who would make the team that will compete in the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
Penn State commit Dylan Gratton (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Providence commit Austen May (Honeybaked 16-U), Minnesota commit Luke Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie HS), Simon Motew (Kitchener Rangers), Wisconsin commit Joe Palodichuk (Hill-Murray HS), and St. Cloud State commit Jack Peart (Grand Rapids HS) were the seven defensemen chosen to represent USA Hockey at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.