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Boys Player Development Cancelled

Posted 03-12-2020: The March 27-29, 2020 Boys Player Development Tryout in Cedar Rapids has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed over the next couple days.

Doug Dietz

USA Hockey Central District Coach in Chief/Director of Player Development

Phone: 319 239 2349

Boys Player Development CANCELLED!

March 12, 2020

After a great deal of deliberation, a unanimous decision has been made by Central District Directors and Affiliate Presidents to postpone the Central District Girls Tryouts March 20-22, 2020 and Boys Central District Tryouts May 8-10 at Arctic Ice in Orland Park, IL.  A revised date and plan for tryouts will be determined within the next two weeks and will be communicated to participants as soon as possible.

Additionally, all boys affiliate tryouts in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Midwest have been cancelled.  Alternative plans are underway to identify players to participate in Boys Central District Tryout, date TBD.

Decisions like this are never easy and the health and safety of our players & parents is paramount - hence our decision to postpone the event. Thank you for your continued support of boys and girls Central District Hockey.  For questions, reach out to Girls Player Development representative Andy Bradford or Boys Player Development representative Mike Connor.

Andy Bradford - USA Hockey Girls Central District Player Development 
Mike Connor - Boys Central District Player Development

Central District Directors
Mike Mullally
Al Deming
Larry Hellwig
Les Teplicky

Affiliate Presidents
Al Deming - WAHA
Mike Barrett - AHAI
Patt Culiberk - Missouri
Sean Spencer - Midwest

2020 MWAHA Select Boys Player Development Tryouts

2019MWAHA Boys Player Develpment Registration

March 27-29, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Midwest Amateur Hockey Association (MWAHA) Player Select Development Camp for USA Hockey will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday March 27th, 2020 - Saturday March 28th, 2020 -Sunday March 29th, 2020.

The age groups for this years camp are birth years:
2003-2004-2005-2006 age group. 

Selected Players (2003, 2004 & 2005 birth years) will move on to USAH Central District Boys Player Development Camp Tryouts May 8-10, 2020 in Chicago.

Selected Players (2006's only) will move on to the USAH Central District Boys Bantam Camp June 14-19, 2020 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Cost $125.00 for MWAHA March 27-29, 2020 Tryouts.  Must pre-register online at the below link.

This camp fills up very quickly please make sure to register as soon as possible.

**Registration will close on March 22, 2020.**

If you have any questions please contact Doug Dietz @ 319-239-2349 or email at 

Doug Dietz, USA Hockey
Central District Coach in Chief

Hotel Information for March 26-29, 2020 in Cedar Rapids


Event Summary:

USA Hockey Parents Block

Start Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

End Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Last Day to Book: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Cedar Rapids Marriott for 104 USD per night

Book your group rate for USA Hockey Parents Block

Boys' Process

Step #1: Mid-West Select Camp

Players who sign up participate in games spread out over 2-3 days. Evaluators from the Mid-West region select players to advance to the next level/step.

Step #2: Mid-West Programs & Central District Tryouts
Some players selected from step #1 will go to the Central District tryouts. The Central District Tryouts contain players from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Mid-West.

Some players selected from step #1 will attend the Central District Bantam Camp & other Mid-West programs.

Step #3: USA Hockey National Development Program
The players selected from the Central District tryouts (step #2 above) go on to participate in development events and festivals organized and provided by USA Hockey.

USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) Information

Players from the Central District tryouts advance into the USA Hockey NTDP. The NTDP includes Festivals and Development camps from which players for the USA Hockey 17U National teams are selected.

 Players selected from the Mid-West Select Camp move on to:

  • Earn a spot at the Central District Tryouts (03, 04, 05, 06 birth years)

Central District Festival Team Tryouts
Selected 2003's from Central -> (Facility TBD)
Selected 2004's from Central -> (Facility TBD)
Selected 2005's from Central -> (Facility TBD)

Players from Mid-West, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri compete at the Central District tryouts for a spot on a USA Hockey Festival team or to attend a USA Hockey Development Camp. At Central District tryouts, players who advance from the Mid-West Select Camp are placed on a tryout team. Competitors and teammates will include players from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri Tier I AAA teams.

Attend the Central District Bantam Camp @ ISU in Ames, Iowa

District Bantam Camp

06s will be selected to attend the District Bantam Camp from the Mid-West tryouts. Skaters from the entire group of camp attendees will be chosen to attend the National Development Camp.

From the Mid-West Select Camp, players will be selected to attend a one week Camp to be held at the Iowa State University facilities in Ames, Iowa. This camp is put on by the Central District, and coaches/instructors can include USHL/College coaches, former Pro/College players, and USA Hockey staff.

The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois web site has more information.

Who Qualifies

14 year olds (2006 Birth year):

  • Attend Iowa State Bantam Camp

The players selected for the Central District Tryouts go to Iowa State for the Central District Bantam Camp.

  • USA Hockey Development Camp

Players selected at the Bantam Camp move on the USA Hockey Development Camp.

15 year olds (2005 Birth year)

  • Attend Central District Tryouts

16 year olds (2004 Birth year)

  • Attend Central District Tryouts

17 year olds (2003 Birth year)

  • Attend Central District Tryouts

Program Organization

The Program starts on a regional level where talented players are identified and asked to move on to the district level to compete for a position on the District Select Team. The District Team competes in a festival style competition against the other nine USA Hockey districts teams. This process is highly selective and produces intense, high tempo competition and elevates the play of participants.

The selection process starts at the regional or affiliate level. Mid-West Hockey creates several teams from pre-registered skaters that compete in a two-day round robin competition. Players age 14, 15, 16, and 17 get the opportunity to compete for an allotted number of positions specified by the Central District. The best skaters will be offered the opportunity to repeat the process at the district level. The district venue is generally located in the Chicago metropolitan area. At the 14-year-old age group, USA Hockey offers a truly developmental experience. This age group does not participate in a festival competition. Rather, these younger skaters receive instruction from some of the best coaches in the country. For 15, 16, 17, the district camp produces the Central District Team that competes in a festival style competition later in the summer at Ann Arbor, Michigan or St. Cloud Minnesota.

The competition is tough and the allotments are few, but opportunities are many. For instance, many participants will have the opportunity to compete for positions in the In- District Bantam Camp that is held at Ferris State University. Additionally, participants are exposed to coaches of midget, junior and college teams who frequently attend these events. Many quality players that were not selected at the district level have secured other playing opportunities by exposure received through the select camp process. Ultimately, development is the key objective of the select process. Exposure is a reality of the process, and players not only get to compete for best district team in the United States, but also showcase their skills to NHL and college scouts. Once again, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase skills and participate in the Olympic development process.


2019 Boys Player Development results

2005 Birth Year 2004 Birth Year 2003 Birth Year 2002 Birth Year
G Branson Appelman G Alex Ramirez G Zachary Broxterman G Joesph Quick
G Jaden Salado G Eli Morrison G Erik Chaffe G Jackson Dylla
G-ALT Andra Enna G-ALT Jakobi Davis G-ALT Caleb Raisty G-ALT Sheldon Aiken
D Ty James D Braden Rourke D Breckin Denhartog D Noah Ellis
D Colin Ralph D Kaleb Miller D Jeremiah Snyder D Tyler Sanborn
D Charles Murray D Grant Burback D Josh Blaha D Gavin Baumhover
D Ryan Hildebrand D Charlie Lowndes D Troy Husicker D Jason Hender
D Charlie Krueger D Logan Anderson D Henry Apostolakos D
D David Kellerman D-Alt Gabe Myers D-ALT Dillon Warwick D-ALT
D Paul Spence D-Alt Owen Schoonover D-ALT Mason Witt D-ALT
D-ALT Austin Richards
D-ALT Patrick Kroski
F Cooper Johnson F Rutger McGroarty F Luke Buss F Carter Casper
F Gabriel Adams F Gabe Kenne F Gavin Delfosse F Bryce Battaglia
F Blake Bechen F Cale Naeve F Dakota Lenz F Alexander Murph
F Grady Deering F Joshua Oswald F Niklas Howell F Dallas D'Amato
F Michael Chase F Jackson Beach F Gage Gaherty F Kaden Hjelm
F Jackson Machon F Resse Freeman F Sam Eaton F Ryan Kamentz
F Kolten Miller F Lincoln Whitaker F Ashton Christman F Cole Gilliland
F Ryan Graven F-ALT Joey Poppraza F-ALT Carter Frost F-ALT Luke Nemeth
F Austin Tyler F-ALT Carter Eibes F-ALT John Babe F-ALT Hayden Rast
F Aidan Dozark
F Kellen Kantaris
F-ALT Justin Stetzler
F-ALT Jase Stanbrough

2019 Boys Player Development Schedule

2019 Player Development
Check in Friday March 29, 2019 2005(14) 10:30:00
2004(15) 10:30:00
2003(16) 01:30:00
2002(17) 02:30:00
Ice Time Rink OLY Rink NHL
Friday March 29, 2019
2005 (14) 12-1:15PM Red-White 2004(15) 12-1:15PM Red-White
2005 (14) 1:30-2:45PM Blue-Kelly 2004(15) 1:30-2:45PM Blue-Kelly
2003 (16) 3:00-4:15PM 2002(17) 3:00-4:15PM
Saturday March 30, 2019
15-04 7:00-8:00AM White-Kelly 14-05 7:00-8:00AM White-Kelly
15-04 8:15-9:15AM Red-Blue 14-05 8:15-9:15AM Red-Blue
17-02 10:45-11:45AM 16-03 10:45-11:45AM
Break--Lunch on your own
14-05 1:00-2:00PM Red-Kelly 15-04 1:00-2:00PM Red-Kelly
14-05 2:15-3:15PM Blue-White 15-04 2:15-3:15PM Blue-White
16-003 3:30-4:30PM 17-02 3:30-4:30PM
All Goalies 4:45-5:45PM
Sunday March 31, 2019
15-04 7:00-8:00AM Red-White 14-05 7:00-8:00AM Red-White
15-04 8:15-9:15AM Kelly-Blue 14-05 8:15-9:15AM Kelly-Blue
17-02 9:30-10:30AM 16-03 9:30-10:30AM

2018 Boys Player Developement Results

2001 2002
1 G Avery Sturtz 1 G Stephon Maslikowski
2 G Devin Chapman 2 G Spencer Northway
ALT G Chase Pabst ALT G Jake Bacon
1 D Luke French 1 D Noah Eillis
2 D Tyler Fittro 2 D Tyler Sandborn
3 D Dominic Chirico 3 D Christopher Gunnare
4 D Jarod Morgan 4 D Cameron Grajewski
5 D Carter Hobbs 5 D Bryce Battaglia
ALT D Russ Tedesco ALT D Gunner Vignaroli
ALT D ALT D Athony Olson
1 F Gabriel Dunkle 1 F Carter Casper
2 F Andrew Kozol 2 F Dallas D'Amato
3 F Jack Zimmer 3 F Blake Hawkins
4 F Christopher Johnson 4 F Cameron Crolley
5 F Creighton McMahon 5 F Carter Watters
6 F Jaden Tejral 6 F Lucas McKay
7 F Even Ross 7 F Kaden Hjelm
8 F Michael Mulkerrin ALT F Alexander Murphy
ALT F Michael Steggall ALT F Cole Gillialand
ALT F Blake Stockwell
2003 2004
1 G Caleb Rasity 1 G Alex Ramirez
2 G Christopher Chirico 2 G Eli Morrison
ALT G Eric Chaffe ALT G Nolan Elkerman
1 D Mason Witt 1 D Braden Rourke
2 D John Sullivan 2 D Logan Anderson
3 D Breckin DenHartog 3 D Grant Burback
4 D Brendan Shaner 4 D Gabriel Myers
5 D Josh Blaha 5 D Kaleb Ramsey
ALT D Christopher Deconcillis 6 D Charlie Lowndes
ALT D 7 D Lucas Van Berkel
1 F Luke Buss ALT D Owen Schoonover
2 F Blake Bakey 1 F Rutger MCGroatry
3 F Andrew King 2 F Cale Naeve
4 F Marcus Miller 3 F Joshua Oswald
5 F Casey Winders 4 F Joey Podraza
6 F Gage Gaherty 5 F Lincoln Whitaker
7 F Ashton Christman 6 F Gabe Kenne
8 F Luke Wareham 7 F Charles Brownell
ALT F Dakota Lenz 8 F Liam Joyce
9 F Reese Freeman
10 F Jackson Beach
11 F Zachary Orwig
ALT F Jory Vennstra
ALT F Jack Wallace

2017 Boys Player Development Results

2000 First Last 2001 First Last 2002 First Last 2003 First Last
Goalies Jack Faulkner Goalies Avery Sturtz Goalies Spencer Northway Goalies Caleb Raisty
Jake Sibell Chase Pabst Stephan Maslikowski Christopher Chirico
Alt Eric Wisnousky Alt Ethan Berning Alt Evan Lystiuk Alt Erick Chaffe
Def Colton Wilkie Def Tyler Fittro Def Bryce Battaglia Def Isaaco Leeman
Nikolai Jenson Luke French Tyler Sanborn Mcarthy Reed
Aaron Bohlinger Dominic Chirico Gavin Baumhover Alden Vanrooyan
Ethan Rodriguez Carter Hobbs Maxwell Tobin Galvin Moioffer
Alex Davis Russ Tedesco Mason Lamb Brecklin Denhartog
Alt John Craycroft Alt Nicholas Tigges Alt Tanner Oban Troy Hunsicker
James Curran Connor Couet Cameron Grajewski Brendan Shaner
Forward Reed Stark Forward Evan Ross Forward Hayden Rast Alt Will Volence
Jackson Willie Andrew Kozel Alexander Murphy Jermiah Synder
Clark Kerner Jack Zimmer yan Kametz Darrell Smilth
Tanner Edwards Cabrel Dunkle Cole Gilliland Forward Macus Miller
Logan Will Christopher Johnson Dallas D"Amato Casey Winders
CJ Hoyt Jarod Morgan Ben Sinnott Gage Gaherty
Martin Moioffer Alex Beville Nickolas Robinson Ashton Christman
Alt Austiin Becker Alt Carter Herbst Alt Paden Hicks Andrew King
Michael Mulkerrin Trenton Norris Blake Bakey
Dakota Lenz
Sam Eaton
Jackson Kinart
Carter Frost
Gavin Delfosse
Alt Brayden Almquist
Mason Johnston
Jackson White

2016 Player Development results

1999 2000 2001 2002
Goalies Dawson Zimlich Goalies Alex Henson Goalies Avery Sturtz Goalies Stephan Maslikoski
Sam Metcalf Jack Faulkner Ethan Berning Spencer Northway
Alt Zach Freiburger Alt Brad Adams Alt Gage Swierczuk Alt Erik McHenry
Alt Collin Patrick
Def Hunter Lellig Def Coltan Wilkie Def Luke French Def Noah Ellis
Garrett Anderson Brennan Couet Tyler Fittro Bryce Battaglia
Jackson Decker Ethan Rodriguez Carter Hobbs Tyler Sanborn
Tristan Culleton Cory Evers Dominic Chirico Gavin Baumkhover
Drew Westphal John Craycroft Conner Couet Cameron Grajewski
Alt Jaxon Jones Alt Max Taylor Alt Nicholas Tigges Dallas D'Amato
Alt James Curran Alt Luke Metcalf Alt Mason Lamb
Alt Jackson Taylor
Alt James Snyder
Forwards Gabriel Wahl Forwards Sam Renlund Forwards Konner Lundeen Forwards Trenton Norris
Luke Suter Logan Will Clark Krueger Hayden Rast
Kendrick Frost Clark Kerner Evan Ross Paden Hicks
Trevor Schroder Jacob Felker Jack Zimmer Alexander Murphy
Nick Spolec Noah Watkins Andrew Kozol Kaden Hjelm
Carter Krogman Triston Hughes Gabriel Dunkle Ryan Dunn
Kyle Schott Brockton Baker Christopher Johnson Blake Hawkins
Alt Jacob Chau CJ Hoyt Luke Toporowski Jacob Eshelman
Alt Chas Rometty Alt Riley Mays Alt Jared Morgan Ryan Kamentz
Alt Jacob Ferguson Alt Elliot Cohen
Alt Ben Sinnott
Alt Quinn O'Reily

2015 Player Development Results

1998 1999 2000 2001
Goalies Goalies Goalies Goalies
Preston Kostlan Sam Metcalf Jack Faulkner Avery Sturtz
Kevin Freestone Dawson Zimlich Alex Henson Hudson Hopper
Def Def Def Def
Bryan Yoon Garrett Anderson Colton Wilkie Tyler Fittro
Jordan Wishman Hunter Lellig John CrayCroft Luke French
Jeff Stack Kendrick Frost Ethan Robriguez Carter Hobbs
William Cardell Drake Beller Corey Evers Luke Edwards
Nick Woodward James Cardell Logan Ellingboe Dane Hickey
Cortin Knapp
Forward Forward Forward Forward
Ethan Frank Gabriel Wahl Noah Watkins Luke Toporowski
Casey Gilling Joe Krueger Matthew Allen clark Krueger
Austin Long Luke Suter Jacob Felker Evan Ross
Dane Johnson Dylan Jones Blake Hutton Christopher Johnson
Nicky Caprio Jacob Chau clark Kerner Jarod Morgan
Jonny Bennis Trevor Schroder Payton Siemer Nicholas Samuelson
Jaden Anderson Kyle Schott Zane Schmidt Jacob Ferguson
Drew Plfug Andrew Kozol
Max Beller
Alternates Alternates Alternates Alternates
Devin Gettman D Wesley Mentzel G Luke Weberg G Payton West G
Joshua Crandall D Jack Frieburger G Jeff Ranson D John Fritz-Wright D
Blake Nelson F Kurt Reidy D Brayden Roberts D Jack Zimmer F
James Turley F kevin Maxwell D Cale Accola D Michael Kramer F
Nick Spolec F Luke Shubert F Michael Mulkerrin F
Kaleb Kinskey F Riley Mays F
Simon Cardell F Trent Harsma F

2013 Boys Player Development Results

1996 Forward 1997 Forward 1998 Forward 1999 Forward
Patrick Grasso Tarek Baker Ethen Frank Gabriel Wahl
Lawton Courtnall Ethan Price Taylor Schneider Kyle Schott
Kyle Patava Jordan Hank Dane Johnson Connor Mayer
Anthony Song Zach Martin Bennett Norlin Matt Koethe
Luke Lijewski Ryan Finnegan Dawson Engle Jacob Chau
Jackson Bond Cameron Pries Drew Pflug Willie Reim
Tycho Falk Kasey Fitzjerrells Austin Eastep Luke Suter
Nicklaus Harder
Alternates Alternates Alternates Gavin Gulash
Mason Kreuger james Hale Ben Schmidling
Grant Anderson Patrick Lowe David Schmidling Alternate
Tristyn Sabina Beau Cook Shane Arnold Joe Krueger
Kevin Maxwell
Defense Defense Defense Tanner Royal
Rhodes Dolan Christian Evers Jake Toporowski Cole Patava
Jacob Tinker Tyler Brown Wesley Weissend
Matt Nehls Luke Osterman Jordan Wishman Defense
Mac Mcfarland Philp Heisse James Turley Hunter Lellig
Camden Van Brocklin Brennan Menell Thomas Dyball Garrett Anderson
Kendrick Frost
Alernates Alernates Alernates Blake Holmes
Joshua Kirby Jacob Taylor Nick Woodward Jackson Plug
Matthew Mansur Gade Bortsheller Jeff Stack Kurt Reidy
Alex Smith Tyler Kruse Cable Ernst
Goalies Goalies Goalies Ben Tinker
Nathan Churchill Maxwell Kerner Preston Kostlan Drake Beller
Nick Kossoff Sean Wendlanat Kevin Freestone Matthew Nedder
Mitchell Shulman
Alternates Alternates Alternates
Chance Kremer Lucas Van Dyke Braden Jajoie Goalies
Dawson Zimlich
Christian Herr
Sam Metcalf
Zack Freiburger