Merrimack College head coach Mark Dennehy departed for the Czech Republic on Thursday with Team USA’s U17 team, in preparation for the U17 Five Nations Tournament, which kicks off next week.
The tournament is set for Aug. 23-27 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Along with the U.S., the event also includes host Czech Republic, as well as Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.
The U.S. will face the Ostrava Under-18 National Team Monday (Aug. 21) in its lone exhibition game. Opening faceoff is set for 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET).
Team USA opens play in the Five Nations Tournament on Aug. 24 against Switzerland at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET).
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team is comprised of players chosen from the USA Hockey’s Boys Select 16 National Player Development Camp, an annual event providing participants with age-appropriate training and competition with and against many of the nation’s top players in their age group.
The Five Nations Tournament is held annually and features many of the world’s elite hockey players under age 17. The U.S. has captured the Five Nations Tournament title in five of the previous six years, including last year.
When Team USA won the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament last year in Frisco, Texas, it marked the seventh championship in nine tries for the U.S., which also claimed top honors in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008.
Click here for Team USA’s full schedule. The tournament finishes on Aug. 27.