Many of the top American, 2003-born defensemen converged on the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y., earlier this month for a chance to showcase their talent at the 2019 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp.
The crop of '03 defensemen are a deep group, which was proven once again at the festival. The camp was used as a selection tool by USA Hockey to determine who would make the team that will compete in the Under-17 Five Nation's Tournament.
Penn State commit Dylan Gratton (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Providence commit Austen May (Honeybaked 16U), Minnesota commit Luke Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie HS), Simon Motew (Kitchener Rangers), Wisconsin commit Joe Palodichuk (Hill-Murray HS), and St. Cloud State commit Jack Peart (Grand Rapids HS) were the seven defensemen chosen to represent USA Hockey at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
Below is a look at the top defensemen from the 2019 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp: