(18U 2002 USA Hockey National Champions)
TW’s goal is to give the players junior level game development with maximum exposure to NHL, college, and junior scouts. It’s not uncommon to see 40-60 scouts per day and as high as 80 in the Upper Midwest High School Elite league. The Elite League and the Prep League truly represent the best of the best from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. NHL scouts rank the Upper Midwest High School Elite League as the best in comparable development in all of North America. Elite high school players that play in the league have a great reason to stay home and finish their high school experience. Every year more and more players are electing to stay home and play in the best fall venue in the United States. Any player whose parent’s residence is in the state of Wisconsin is eligible to tryout. Many of the players that played in the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League last year will be trying out for Team Wisconsin. For the Wisconsin Elite High School League go to http://www.wi-ehl.net/.
In 2008 The National Hockey League Central Scouting ranked 210 skaters in North America for NHL draft. Thirty two high school players from Minnesota and Wisconsin that played high school in 2006-07 and 2007-2008 seasons. Shattuck St Mary’s prep team has four players listed so that totals thirty six players at high school age. During the same period there were fourteen from Midget AAA (ages 16-18) from USA and Canada, nine players from the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, andnone from the NAHL. By all measures, the Upper Midwest High School Elite League together with high school hockey are doing very well at developing top prospects for college and professional hockey. Leaders within the hockey communities in the upper mid-west agree that talented players do not have to leave home to develop their skills. Yes, playing for Team Wisconsin and your high school is the way to go.
To find results of the TW program you can look at the junior and college rosters. In fact, there were over a hundred Wisconsin players playing college hockey during the 2006-07 season. The Team Wisconsin and high school hockey have worked very well. Together they have produced more junior, college, and NHL players than any other program in Wisconsin. Eighteen TW players since 2008 have received scholarships and fifteen had their D1’s before they graduated from high school or better yet before they played their first junior game. Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire Memorial) UW Badgers, Chase Drake (Mosinee) UW Badgers, Matt Paape (Appleton United) UW Badgers, Cody Strang (Madison Edgewood) UW Badgers, Sean Little (Fond du Lac) UW Badgers, Aaron Harstad (Stevens Point) Colorado College, Trent Frey (River Falls) Mercyhurst, Nate Condon (Wausau West) UM Gophers, Ted Behrend (Oregon) Colorado College, Jeff Costello (Catholic Memorial) Notre Dame, Seth Solely (Eau Claire Memorial) Michigan Tech, and Tim Smith (Superior) UMD, Joe Fiala (Verona) USA Hockey National Development Program, Jake McCabe ( Eau Claire Memorial) USA Hockey National Development Program UW Badgers, Max McCormick ( Notre Dame) Ohio State, Tim Davison (Notre Dame) UW Badgers, Brad Navin (Waupaca) UW Badgers, and Cliff Watson ( Appleton United) Ohio State.
In the 2009-10 season 27 of the 43 Wisconsin players playing D1 college hockey played for TW.
In the 2010-11 season 8 of the 12 Badgers that are from Wisconsin played for TW.
In 2012, Wisconsin is second only to Minnesota in supplying home grown players to the WCHA.
In 2006, the Badgers won the NCAA National Championship. Ten players were actually from Wisconsin and eight of those players had played for Team Wisconsin. They include Joe Pavelski (Stevens Point) NHL Jose Sharks, Adam Burish (Madison Edgewood) NHL Chicago Blackhawks, Jack Skille (Verona) NHL Chicago Blackhawks, Jake Dowell (Eau Claire Memorial) NHL Chicago Blackhawks , Davis Drewiske (Hudson) NHL LA Kings, Joe Piskula (Antigo) NHL LA Kings, Andy Brandt (Wausau West) ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators, and Josh Engel (Rice Lake) AHL Toronto Marlies. The state also has the some of the best Division III hockey in the nation and many players have also moved on to play in the NCHA and the MCHA.
Finally, the high school seniors that made the spring 2010 Team Wisconsin team were crowned Champions on Sunday April 25th in the first ever Minnesota CCM NIT Tournament. The tournament was very well scouted and was held at a great facility (Plymouth Ice Center). For the seniors that make this roster, it’s truly an added bonus to their development and exposure. The 2012 NIT Tournament will be April18-22 at Plymouth, Minnesota.
When you add it all up there is a lot to like about Team Wisconsin and Wisconsin Amateur Hockey. TW can be a career defining or life changing event. There is no doubt that the players today are at the right place at the right time and there is no need to leave high school early.
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