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Kings prospect Derek Forbort to particpate in this week's Frozen Four

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Once again, the NCAA Men's Frozen Four will feature an American flair, as 80 of the 104 players on the rosters of the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of North Dakota and Unviersity of Notre Dame have developmental roots in the United States.


Play in the NCAA Men's Frozen Four begins Thursday (April 7) at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., with Minnesota Duluth battling Notre Dame and Michigan facing North Dakota.

Of the players competing in the NCAA Men's Frozen Four, 19 have been part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the NTDP is an elite training program for the top 16- and 17-year-old players in the United States. The NTDP is a member of the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior league in the U.S.

In addition, seven NCAA Men's Frozen Four participants have skated for the U.S. National Junior Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, while 15 have competed at the IIHF World Men's U18 Championship as members of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team.

Junior hockey leagues in the United States continue to play a major role in the development of collegiate athletes as well. This year's Frozen Four will showcase 71 players with ties to junior hockey in America prior to their collegiate days, including 55 from the United States Hockey League, 30 from the North American Hockey League, three from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the Northern Pacific Hockey League.

A total of 19 states will be represented by players in the Frozen Four, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

In addition, 31 American players competing in the Frozen Four have been drafted by National Hockey League teams.

USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Alumni (19)

Chris Brown

Michigan

2007-09

Sam Calabrese

Notre Dame

2007-09

Mike Cichy

North Dakota

2006-07

Kevin Clare

Michigan

2008-10

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

2008-10

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

2008-10

Patrick Gaul

Notre Dame

2006-08

Stephen Johns

Notre Dame

2008-10

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

2006-08

Joe Lavin

Notre Dame

2005-07

Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame

2006-08

Kevin Lynch

Michigan

2007-09

Jon Merrill

Michigan

2008-10

Luke Moffatt

Michigan

2008-10

Trent Palm

Minnesota Duluth

2004-06

Bryan Rust

Notre Dame

2008-10

Matt Rust

Michigan

2005-07

A.J. Treais

Michigan

2007-09

David Wohlberg

Michigan

2006-08


U.S. National Junior Team Alumni (7)

Chris Brown

Michigan

2011 (bronze)

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

2011 (bronze)

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

2011 (bronze)

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

2010 (gold)
2009 (fifth)

Jon Merrill

Michigan

2011 (bronze)

Brock Nelson

North Dakota

2011 (bronze)

Matt Rust

Michigan

2009 (fifth)
2008 (fourth)

 

U.S. National Under-18 Team Alumni (15)

Chris Brown

Michigan

2009 (gold)

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

2010 (gold)

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

2010 (gold)

Patrick Gaul

Notre Dame

2008 (bronze)

Stephen Johns

Notre Dame

2010 (gold)

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

2008 (bronze)

Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame

2008 (bronze)

Kevin Lynch

Michigan

2009 (gold)

Jon Merrill

Michigan

2010 (gold)
2009 (gold)

Luke Moffatt

Michigan

2010 (gold)

Trent Palm

Minnesota Duluth

2006 (gold)

Bryan Rust

Notre Dame

2010 (gold)

Matt Rust

Michigan

2007 (silver)

A.J. Treais

Michigan

2009 (gold)

David Wohlberg

Michigan

2008 (bronze)

 

North American Hockey League Alumni (30)
with Most Recent Team

Jared Beers

Notre Dame

Kenai River Brown Bears

Chris Brown

Michigan

NTDP

Sam Calabrese

Notre Dame

NTDP

Mike Cichy

North Dakota

NTDP

Kevin Clare

Michigan

NTDP

Nick Condon

Notre Dame

St. Louis Bandits

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

NTDP

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

NTDP

Patrick Gaul

Notre Dame

NTDP

Ryan Guentzel

Notre Dame

Southern Minnesota Express

Shawn Hunwick

Michigan

Alpena IceDiggers

Stephen Johns

Notre Dame

NTDP

Mike Johnson

Notre Dame

St. Louis Bandits

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

NTDP

Joe Lavin

Notre Dame

NTDP

Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame

NTDP

Kevin Lynch

Michigan

NTDP

Jon Merrill

Michigan

NTDP

Luke Moffatt

Michigan

NTDP

Mike Montgomery

Minnesota Duluth

Southern Minnesota Express

Trent Palm

Minnesota Duluth

NTDP

Kenny Reiter

Minnesota Duluth

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Joe Rogers

Notre Dame

Albert Lea Thunder

Bryan Rust

Notre Dame

NTDP

Matt Rust

Michigan

NTDP

Kyle Schmidt

Minnesota Duluth

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

A.J. Treais

Michigan

NTDP

Scooter Vaughan

Michigan

St. Louis Bandits

Mike Voran

Notre Dame

Wenatchee Wild

Dave Wohlberg

Michigan

NTDP

 

United States Hockey League Alumni (55)
with Most Recent Team

Jared Beers

Notre Dame

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Mac Bennett

Michigan

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Ben Blood

North Dakota

Indiana Ice

J.T. Brown

Minnesota Duluth

Waterloo Black Hawks

Brett Bruneteau

North Dakota

Des Moines Buccaneers

Mike Cichy

North Dakota

Indiana Ice

Kevin Clare

Michigan

NTDP

Jack Connolly

Minnesota Duluth

Sioux Falls Stampede

Jeff Costello

Notre Dame

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Aaron Crandall

Minnesota Duluth

Des Moines Buccaneers

Derek DeBlois

Michigan

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

NTDP

Keegan Flaherty

Minnesota Duluth

Fargo Force

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

NTDP

David Gerths

Notre Dame

Green Bay Gamblers

Joe Gleason

North Dakota

Des Moines Buccaneers

Ryan Guentzel

Notre Dame

Sioux Falls Stampede

Jason Gregoire

North Dakota

Lincoln Stars

David Grun

Minnesota Duluth

Sioux Falls Stampede

Jake Hendrickson

Minnesota Duluth

Sioux City Musketeers

Ryan Hill

North Dakota

Siox Falls Stampede

Bryan Hogan

Michigan

Lincoln Stars

Adam Janecyk

Michigan

Sioux City Musketeers

Stephen Johns

Notre Dame

NTDP

Mike Johnson

Notre Dame

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Scott Kishel

Minnesota Duluth

Sioux Falls Stampede

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

Omaha Lancers

Mario Lamoureux

North Dakota

Tri-City Storm

Chad Langlais

Michigan

Lincoln Stars

Derrick LaPoint

North Dakota

Green Bay Gamblers

Nick Larson

Notre Dame

Waterloo Black Hawks

Joe Lavin

Notre Dame

Omaha Lancers

Anders Lee

Notre Dame

Green Bay Gamblers

Kevin Lind

Notre Dame

Chicago Steel

Billy Maday

Notre Dame

Waterloo Black Hawks

Brad Malone

North Dakota

Siox Falls Stampede

Jake Marto

North Dakota

Omaha Lancers

Luke McManus

Minnesota Duluth

Tri-City Storm

Jon Merrill

Michigan

NTDP

Luke Moffatt

Michigan

NTDP

Lee Moffie

Michigan

Waterloo Black Hawks

Kevin Nugent

Notre Dame

Tri-City Storm

Travis Oleksuk

Minnesota Duluth

Sioux City Musketeers

Drew Olson

Minnesota Duluth

Omaha Lancers

Greg Pateryn

Michigan

Ohio Junior Blue Jackets

Ken Reiter

Minnesota Duluth

Danville Wings

Calle Ridderwall

Notre Dame

Tri-City Storm

Jeff Rohrkemper

Michigan

Sioux Falls Stampede

Bryan Rust

Notre Dame

NTDP

Ben Ryan

Notre Dame

Des Moines Buccaneers

Mike Seidel

Minnesota Duluth

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Steven Summerhays

Notre Dame

Green Bay Gamblers

Max Tardy

Minnesota Duluth

Tri-City Storm

T.J. Tynan

Notre Dame

Des Moines Buccaneers

Mike Voran

Notre Dame

Sioux Falls Stampede

 

Americans in the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four
by NHL Entry Draft Selection (31)

Derek Forbort

North Dakota

LAK, 2010 (Rd. 1, 15)

Brock Nelson

North Dakota

NYI, 2010 (Rd. 1, 30)

Chris Brown

Michigan

PHX, 2009 (Rd. 2, 36)

Justin Faulk

Minnesota Duluth

CAR, 2010 (Rd. 2, 37)

Jon Merrill

Michigan

NJD, 2010 (Rd. 2, 38)

Danny Kristo

North Dakota

MTL, 2008 (Rd. 2, 56)

Kevin Lynch

Michigan

CBJ, 2009 (Rd. 2, 56)

Stephen Johns

Notre Dame

CHI, 2010 (Rd. 2, 60)

Mac Bennett

Michigan

MTL, 2009 (Rd. 3, 79)

Bryan Rust

Notre Dame

PIT, 2010 (Rd. 3, 80)

Dan DeLisle

Minnesota Duluth

CHI, 2009 (Rd. 3, 89)

Matt Rust

Michigan

FLA, 2007 (Rd. 4, 101)

Brett Bruneteau

North Dakota

WSH, 2007 (Rd. 4, 108)

Nick Larson

Notre Dame

CGY, 2008 (Rd. 4, 108)

Ben Ryan

Notre Dame

NSH, 2007 (Rd. 4, 114)

Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame

MIN, 2008 (Rd. 4, 115)

Derrick LaPoint

North Dakota

FLA, 2006 (Rd. 4, 116)

Drew Olson

Minnesota Duluth

CBJ, 2008 (Rd. 4, 118)

Ben Blood

North Dakota

OTT, 2007 (Rd. 4, 120)

Joe Lavin

Notre Dame

CHI, 2007 (Rd. 5, 126)

Greg Pateryn

Michigan

TOR, 2008 (Rd. 5, 128)

Jeff Costello

Notre Dame

OTT, 2009 (Rd. 5, 146)

Anders Lee

Notre Dame

NYI, 2009 (Rd. 6, 152)

David Wohlberg

Michigan

NJD, 2008 (Rd. 6, 172)

Kevin Lind

Notre Dame

ANA, 2010 (Rd. 6, 177)

Lee Moffie

Michigan

SJS, 2010 (Rd. 6, 188)

Scott Kishel

Minnesota Duluth

MTL, 2007 (Rd. 7, 192)

Joe Gleason

North Dakota

CHI, 2008 (Rd. 7, 192)

Luke Moffatt

Michigan

COL, 2010 (Rd. 7, 197)

Mike Cichy

North Dakota

MTL, 2009 (Rd. 7, 199)

Max Tardy

Minnesota Duluth

STL, 2009 (Rd. 7, 202)

NOTES: USA Hockey's National Team Development Program was a member of the North American Hockey League through the 2008-09 season before joining the United States Hockey League in 2009-10 ... Michigan's Adam Janecyk (Bay State Breakers) and Kevin Clare (Jersey Hitmen) and Notre Dame's Joe Lavin (Boston Junior Bruins) all played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, while North Dakota's Tate Maris skated with the Northern Pacific Hockey League's Bozeman Icedogs immediately prior to playing collegiate hockey ... Nine players in this year's Frozen Four joined their collegiate programs having honed their skills in the U.S. prep or high school ranks rather than in U.S. junior leagues, including Joe Basaraba (Minnesota Duluth/Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) School), Brian Brooke (Notre Dame/Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School), Dan DeLisle (Minnesota Duluth/Totino Grace (Minn.) High School), Christian Gaffy (Minnesota Duluth/Forest Lake (Minn.) High School), Chay Genoway (North Dakota/Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) School), Luke Glendening (Michigan/Hotchkiss School (Conn.)), Chad Huttel (Minnesota Duluth/Hermantown (Minn.) High School), Brock Nelson (North Dakota/Warroad (Minn.) High School) and Evan Trupp (North Dakota/South Anchorage (Alaska) High School).


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