Bulldogs’ Newest Recruit Named To U.S. Under-18 Select Team For Ivan Hlinka

Minnesota Duluth recruit and North Branch High School junior-to-be Brady Meyer will don the red, white and blue for Team USA Aug. 7-12 at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The 16-year-old forward out of Stacy, Minn., verbally committed to the Bulldogs in mid-June. He’ll be the youngest player on the 22-member U.S. Under-18 Select Team, which is made up of players born in 2000. Meyer beat out Duluth East junior-to-be Ryder Donovan (uncommitted) by 13 days for the honor.

Meyer led North Branch in scoring last season as a sophomore with 33 goals and 25 assists in 26 games. He led North Branch in scoring as a freshman too with 10 goals and 19 assists in 25 games.

Also selected to the team were Grand Rapids’ forwards Gavin Hain (North Dakota) and Blake McLaughlin (Minnesota), who helped lead Team USA to victory last summer at the 2016 Five Nations Tournament in Texas. McLaughlin led the tournament in scoring with six goals and four assists in four games. Both were juniors on the Thunderhawks state championship team last winter.

The 2017 Ivan Hlinka features the U.S., Canada, the Czechs, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Russia.