About USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program

USA Hockey Arena

14900 Beck Road Plymouth, MI 48170

This is USA Hockey's NTDP

In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, originally based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In March of 2015 the USA Hockey Foundation purchased Compuware Arena (now USA Hockey Arena) in Plymouth, Michigan, which will become the new home of the NTDP for the 2015-16 season.

The program is composed of two squads - the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. The Under-17 Team competes in the United States Hockey League and also participates in three international events annually. The U.S. National Under-18 Team’s schedule includes games against NCAA Division I & III opponents, contests versus USHL teams, as well as competition in three international tournaments.

Unlike other competitive athletic teams, the success of the NTDP is not gauged on wins and losses. Instead, the focus is on the development of skills and acquiring experience against older competitors.

NTDP Quick Facts

Year founded: 1996
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
League: United States Hockey League (USHL)
NHL Draft Impact: 261 players drafted including 56 first-round picks
First Overall Picks: Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Rick DiPietro (NY Islanders, 2000)
NTDP in the NHL: In 2014-15, 67 players suited up for 26 different NHL teams.