COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-two players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from Aug. 13-17 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia including Peterborough Petes Prospect Matt Weis.
Weis was the Petes 13th round draft pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection on April 7th, 2012. The 5'10" 196lbs native of Madison, NJ spent the 2011-12 season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL where he won the 2012 USHL Championship. Matt led the USA Select 17 Camp held in Rochester, NY June 23 - 29 in scoring with 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points, in 5 games. He is eligible for 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey.
The Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp took place from June 23-29 at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y.
The U.S. roster includes 12 players who helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Ann Arbor, Mich., including goaltenders Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) and Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.); defensemen Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.), Anthony DeAngelo (Sewell, N.J.), Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) and RJ Gicewicz (Orchard Park, N.Y.); and forwards Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.), Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.), Vinni Lettieri (Minnetonka, Minn.), Jimmy Lodge (Downington, Pa.), Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif).
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The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual event held each August for national under-18 teams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the Hlinka tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his death.
Weis could face off against current Petes forwards Nick Ritchie and Stephen Nosad as they will attend Team Canada's Selection Camp beginning August 3rd.