UPDATE (Saturday, 8:30 pm): Wagner has been offered a spot on the U-18 roster at the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor for next season. Wagner confirmed to Bucky's 5th Quarter Saturday night that he has accepted the offer.
Along with 20 other 1996-born players, Wisconsin recruit Ryan Wagner was named to the U.S. Under-18 Select Team by USA Hockey that will compete at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual event held each August for national under-18 reams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the Hlinka Tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his death.
The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Team USA was chosen after players participated in the Select 17 Player Development Camp that took place from June 28-July 3 at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y.
Wagner, who committed to the Badgers in May, registered three goals and an assist during the Select 17 Festival. The 5-foot-8, 167-pound forward was named to the All-Star game, where he added an assist, as well as a goal in the shootout.
The Park Ridge, Ill., native caught the attention of scouts for his performance in New York, including Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News.
Wisconsin commit Ryan Wagner looked great in the first half of the game - excellent vision, scrappy for a smaller guy #USAHockey— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) July 2, 2013
Wagner committed to Wisconsin over Ohio State and New Hampshire, and describes himself as a "high tempo player that's not afraid to throw my body around and get in the dirty areas."
The Chicago Mission forward is committed to the Badgers for 2015, and will likely spend the next two seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
Fellow 1996-born Wisconsin recruits Seamus Malone and Keegan Ford -- who both went overseas with the U.S. U-17 team last summer -- did not participate at Select 17s this year. Ford and Malone are members of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, who will represent the USHL in the Junior Club World Cup that will take place in Russia at the same time of the Hlinka tournament.
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