U16 Midget Minor AAA Team Sends Two Players TO NTDP for the 2015-2016 Season
The Oakland Jr Grizzlies organization is pleased to announce that Midget Minor players Josh Norris (Oxford, MI) and Joey Cassetti (Pleasanton, CA) have been selected to play for the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP).
The NTDP was started in 1996 by USA Hockey as a way to identify elite ice hockey players under the age of 18, and prepare them to represent the United States in international play. The NTDP competes in the United States Hockey League (USHL), and the U17 NTDP is scheduled to pay in 3 international tournaments next season, including the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, 2015 Four Nations Tournament and the 2016 Five Nations Tournament.
Josh Norris (5’11”/170 lbs.), a veteran Grizzly player is committed play his college hockey at the University of Michigan. Norris, whose season was shortened due to injury scored 28 points in 21 games played, is a two-way centerman with elite speed and skill. “Its such an honor to represent my country,” Norris said. “This has been a long-term goal of mine, and it is a special honor.”
Joey Cassetti (6’3”/185 lbs.), a first year player within the Grizzly organization, moved to Michigan from California, to further his hockey career. Cassetti is pro-style left winger with excellent size and dynamic skill, score 27 points in 65 games this season. After learning of his commitment, Cassetti stated, “I’m beyond excited to start the year off and put on the USA jersey. I’m looking forward to making memories I’ll never forget.”
Midget Minor Head Coach Dan Riedel was very excited after speaking with both players. “I want to congratulate both Josh and Joey on their success,” stated Riedel. “It is a great honor to our team’s players and coaches, and the entire Grizzly organization to have two players selected to represent our country, at the NTDP. It is a testament to the family style culture, and the expectation of success, that has been formed not only with our U16 team, but throughout the entire Grizzly organization.”
Congratulations to both players on making the Grizzly organization proud!