Top 2007-Born Americans Combine To Form Strong Midwest Team
The International Stars — coached by Brian Jardine — are loaded with top American talent from the 2007 birth year. The majority of the roster consists of players from two top-10 teams in the world with Chicago Mission and Little Caesars. That Mission team won the 2022 USA Hockey national tournament earlier this month, and championship names like Asher Barnett, Cole McKinney, Holden Carter and Cameron Aucoin will be in the mix for the Stars at the 15U World Selects Trophy in Nashville.
McKinney is widely considered one of the top forwards in the country, and his tournament teammates Will Horcoff and John Mooney are certainly included in that conversation as well. The son of 15-season NHL veteran, Shawn Horcoff, Will has been a standout at events like the 2017 Brick International Tournament, 2020 PeeWee Quebec and 2021 CCM 68 Combine, in addition to being a top forward for 14U Little Caesars this winter. Additionally, Mooney has been one of the most highly-touted prospects out of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program, with a unique skill set and impressive motor. Egan Beveridge, Aiden Janz, Evan Jardine, Cullen Potter and Lukas Sawchyn add even more offensive firepower to the mix.
Asher Barnett is a top American-born defenseman among 2007s, and he anchors a group that includes other standouts like Cam Aucoin — son of 17-season NHL vet Adrian Aucoin — Holden Carter, and Charlie Trethewey.
If that wasn’t enough star-studded power, a pair of goaltenders in Crosby daCosta and Joey Slavick may be the best one-two punch a team could find in the U.S.
The International Stars program started with the ‘95 and ‘96 birth years, with teams that featured future NHL players like Dylan Larkin, Zach Werenski, Mike McCarron and Matt Roy. Back in action in the 2022 WSI with top ‘07 talent, the Stars may just have a few more NHL-superstars-to-be on its 15U roster once again.
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