On the night of March 15, USA Hockey’s under-18 National Team Development Program was in the midst of a weekend series in which it would outscore the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL by a 25-5 margin. That happened fairly regularly this season, because this version of the U.S. under-18 team just happens to be the best one ever assembled since the program began 23 years ago.
Cole Caufield opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and ended it in the third period when No. 1 NHL draft prospect Jack Hughes assisted on the play. A right-handed shot, Caufield was open at the left circle and buried a one-time slapshot over the goalie’s shoulder. The goal was the 12th of the night for the under-18s and the sixth of the game for Caufield. It was also Caufield’s 105th goal in two years with the pro...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.