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Local Player Heads for U.S. National Team Development Program

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Michael Clemente has been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP). A native of McLean, Va., Michael is only the second player from the D.C. area to be selected for the U.S. NTDP (the other was Caps 2003 draft pick Stephen Werner).


The NTDP consists of two national teams - the U.S. National Under-18 Team and the U.S. National Under-17 team - based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The program's goal is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and for future hockey careers. Efforts focus on high-caliber play on the ice, and on creating well rounded individuals off the ice. The success of the NTDP is not gauged by wins and losses, but on the development of skills and acquiring experience.

Michael has grown up playing youth hockey in the D.C. area. He has skated for the Ashburn Xtreme and the Washington Little Capitals. Most recently, Michael was the starting goaltender for the Washington Junior Capitals and backstopped them to a 29-11 record by posting a 2.17 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

For the past two seasons, Michael has also been the starting goaltender for Gonzaga College High School, leading the Eagles to their first-ever Maryland State Championship as a freshman. On the strength of Clemente’s 11-1-3 record, 1.93 GAA and .912 save percentage this season, Gonzaga repeated as the Maryland State Private High School Champions.

While excelling on the ice, Michael is also successful in the classroom, posting a 3.42 GPA.

The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate Michael, his parents and all of his youth hockey coaches on this well deserved honor. We wish him the best of luck in Ann Arbor next season!
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