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5 Minnesotans named to the Hlinka Gretzky Cup roster

The tournament will take place July 31 through Aug. 6 in Red Deer, Alberta.

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Team White and Team Blue exchanging handshakes following the last game at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp.
Kirsten Krull / The Rink Live

AMHERST, N.Y. — After a week at the Northtown Center in western New York, going from 150 skaters down to 39, Team USA has narrowed down the pool once again to 24 players and announced its official roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The tournament begins for Team USA on Friday, July 29 with an exhibition game against Slovakia.

Five Minnesotans, forward Will Whitelaw of Rosemount, goaltenders Will Ingemann of Plymouth and Hampton Slukynsky of Warroad and defensemen Ty Hanson of Hermantown and Joe Gramer of Moorhead are among the players advancing.

Additionally, there's two area ties on the team staff. Tony Gasparini of Lakeville, Minn., serves as player personnel and Parker Metz of Fargo as team leader.

Now that Team USA has their team they'll be bringing to the tournament, head coach Anthony Noreen says the work is really just beginning.

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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