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2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup: Recruit Brock Boeser named to U.S. roster

Wisconsin recruit Brock Boeser was one of 22 players named to the U.S. Under-18 Select Team for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Matt Christians














Burnsville High School

Burnsville, Minn.


For the second time in his career, Wisconsin recruit Brock Boeser has been selected to represent the United States in international competition.

After his performance at the USA Boys' Select 17 Festival, Boeser was one of 22 players named to the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, the 1997-born Boeser recorded two goals and four assists at the Select 17 Festival in Williamsville, N.Y. last week. Boeser also participated in the All-Star game, registering an assist in the second period. Boeser also converted a successful try during the shootout.

Last summer, Boeser helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team capture first place at the the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Trnava, Slovakia. The U.S. team went undefeated in that tournament, due in large part Boeser, who notched five goals and four assists in four tournament games.

Boeser had an up-and-down junior season with Burnsville high school last year, but finished strong with 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points in 26 games. For his efforts, Boeser was named the 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year.

The cousin of former Wisconsin defenseman, Dan, Boeser committed to the Badgers last May after entertaining offers from Minnesota and Michigan. Currently projected as a 2015 recruit, Boeser will spend next season in the United States Hockey League with the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Four other UW recruits participated in the Select 17 Festival last week. Forwards Matthew Freytag and Max Zimmer from Wayzata High School in Minnesota were joined by defensemen Adam Parsells and Tony Stillwell, from Wausau West and Green Bay Notre Dame Academy, respectively.

Freytag and Zimmer were amongst the standouts offensively. Freytag registered three goals and added two assists during the week while Zimmer finished the camp tied for third in goals with four in five games. Parsells and Stillwell had solid performances as well, with both players being named to the All-Star game at the end of camp. Stillwell capped his week by scoring the game-winning goal during the shootout in the All-Star game.

The '97-born class is one of the deeper groups to come through Wisconsin in the past few years. St. Thomas Academy forward Tom Novak (River Falls, Wis.) and Omaha U-16 forward Tarek Baker (Verona, Wis.), who are both committed to play for the Gophers, also participated in camp last week. Novak will join Boeser on the U-18 team headed over to the Czech Republic and Slovakia next month.

Other in-state committed recruits at the Select 17 Festival last week include Ohio State recruit and Notre Dame Academy forward Sam McCormick (DePere, Wis.), U-Mass Amherst recruit and Madison Memorial forward Ty Pelton-Byce (Verona, Wis.), Northern Michigan recruit and Milwaukee Jr. Admiral's U-16 forward Collin Peters (Sheboygan, Wis.) and Denver recruit and Wausau West forward Kevin Conley (Wausau, Wis.).

Madison West forward Cole Paskus (Madison, Wis.), and St. Thomas Academy forward Alec Broetzman (Hudson, Wis.) round out the list of Wisconsin natives in camp.

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