Top American 07s Meet Up at CCM 68

Aug 16, 2021 | Craig Peterson

Two players compete for a loose puck during a game at the CCM 68 Combine

200×85 hosts the best boys and girls from across the United States at elite combine

The CCM 68 Combine took place over the weekend in Chicago, with some of the best 2007-born Americans in attendance. It was the eighth consecutive year that 200×85 has hosted this illustrious event, with more than 150 past participants going on to make Division-I college commitments. 

The combine keys in on the 14U age group, with scouts from major junior leagues as well as representatives from the U.S. National Team Development Program. Instructors at the combine included the director of the NTDP, Kevin Reiter, American Hockey League (AHL) head coach Seth Appert and two-time Stanley Cup winning assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Derek Lalonde.

Participants in the combine enjoyed an opening-night banquet where they received giveaways sponsored by CCM. The 68 players in attendance were then split into four balanced teams (Team Red, Team White, Team Black and Team Grey), including some of the top names in the age group like John Mooney, William Horcoff, Nic Whitehead, Teddy Mutryn and Cole McKinney, among several others. 

Over the next three days, players took part in off-ice and on-ice combine testing that measured speed, strength, quickness and agility, while also competing in two practices and three games against fellow participants. Check out the tournament leaders below.

This is some of the most intense and competitive hockey you’ll see anywhere in the country at the 14U age group. It regularly serves as breeding ground for players bound for the USNTDP, and dozens of alumni from this combine have gone on to collegiate and professional careers. Notable past participants in this camp include current rising stars in the NHL like Cole Caufield, Trevor Zegras, Oliver Wahlstrom and Spencer Knight, as well as highly-touted college prospects like Red Savage, Dylan Duke and Ryan St. Louis. Current NTDPers like Rutger McGroarty, Seamus Casey and Hunter Brzustewicz have all competed at the CCM 68 in recent years as well. 

For more information regarding the CCM 68, click HERE.

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