Day two picked up pace at both the morning and afternoon practices, their first full day of team activities. In between sessions, some players found familiar faces in the halls of USA Hockey Arena, with 13 former USA Hockey National Team Development Program players currently on the preliminary roster.
Morning practice focused on quick skating, and transitioned into an intra-team scrimmage. The afternoon practice started upbeat, focusing on situational gameplay, followed by an additional intra-team scrimmage.
“It’s been great, practices have been meaningful and quick” said Scott Sandelin, U.S. National Junior Team head coach. “The guys get out there, know they have a job to do, and we’ve been doing it with good pace.”
Four players on the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster claim Michigan as their hometown: Jon Gruden (Rochester Hills), Christian Krygier (Novi), Alec Regula (West Bloomfield) and Nick Robertson (Northville). In addition, four players currently play in the state of Michigan: John Beecher (University of Michigan), Christian Krygier (Michigan State University), Mattias Samuelsson (Western Michigan University) and Cam
York (University of Michigan).
13 players on the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster previously played for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) in Plymouth, Mich. at USA Hockey Arena: John Beecher (2017-19), Cole Caufield (2017-19), Ty Emberson (2016-18), Jon Gruden (2016-18), Trevor Janicke (2016-18), Spencer Knight (2017-19), K'Andre Miller (2016-18), Jacob Pivonka (2016-18), Mattias Samuelsson (2016-18), Spencer Stastney (2016-18), Alex Turcotte (2017-19), Cam York (2017-19) and Trevor Zegras (2017-19).