BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Bloomington Thunder forward Brady Meyer was named on Friday to the United States Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament in early August.
A 2017 USHL Phase II Draft pick by the Thunder, Meyer becomes just the second player in Thunder history to compete at the prestigious international tournament. Former Thunder defenseman Ben Mirageas suited up for Team USA at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Prior to being drafted in fifth round, 81st overall by the Thunder in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft, Meyer played two seasons at North Branch High School (MN). The University of Minnesota Duluth commit posted an impressive 81 total points between those two seasons. A 6-foot-5, 187-pound forward, Meyer registered 54 points in the 2016-17 campaign on 31 goals and 23 assists.
Meyer had a pair of goals in five games this week at the U.S. Select 17 Player Development Camp to help him earn a spot in Friday’s all-star game. He then opened the scoring in the all-star contest to solidify his spot on the U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster.
Past rosters for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup have had numerous NHL Draft picks. Team USA’s 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup roster alone had 10 players who were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, including Mirageas.
The 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will run from Aug. 7-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. In addition to the United States, the annual tournament will also feature Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.
About the Thunder
The Bloomington Thunder are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the future talent of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2016-17 season, there were 108 active NHL players who were USHL alumni. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20-years-old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit bloomingtonthunder.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.