Team USA coach needed these player characteristics to build Hlinka Gretzky Cup squad

Team USA officially begins play on Sunday against Germany in the preliminary round.

Moorhead's Joe Gramer skating at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp near Buffalo, N.Y., back in June.
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RED DEER, Alberta. — Team USA is picking up where they left off at camp in Amherst, New York, as it regrouped this past week in Canada leading up to the official start of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament.

The 24-man roster has five players from Minnesota, including Will Ingemann, Hampton Slukynsky, Joe Gramer, Ty Hanson and Will Whitelaw.

"The biggest thing that excites all of us (coaching staff) is this is a group that we outlined the first day, that the whole group got to Buffalo what we wanted the identity of this team to be," said head coach Anthony Noreen. "and we want it to be a work-based team, a character-based team, a team that played hard and that played the game fast, had the right mindset. Those were the things that we put at the forefront."

Team USA's first game of the tournament takes place Sunday, July 31 at 4 p.m. CST against Germany in the preliminary round. All games will air on NHL Network.

Ryan Leonard, Aiden Thompson, Luke Tuch, Jacob Truscott, Jacob Fowler and Remmington Keopple have been added to the 2022 Junior Evaluation Camp.

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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