COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Following the conclusion of the USA Hockey Boys Select 17 Player Development Camp, two Dubuque Fighting Saints players were chosen to represent the United States at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August. Defenseman Jacob Semik (Canton, Mich./Michigan) and forward Ryder Donovan (Duluth, Minn.) both got the nod from USA Hockey to make the team.
Semik completed his first season in the USHL with the Fighting Saints, and played 36 games for the team and scored 7 points. The 17-year-old defenseman has been no stranger to representing his country, as he did so during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and as a gold medalist at the 2016 Five Nations Tournament in Frisco, Texas.
“We are really happy for our boys,” said Fighting Saints head coach Oliver David. “We expect Semik to come into training camp and prove he is ready to earn a major role with us. The Hlinka tournament will help his stock leading into this, his NHL Draft year, and ready him for our season.”
Donovan completed a strong showing at Duluth East High School, and at the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ Main Camp. The forward notched 10 goals and 20 assists in 24 games in his third season with the Greyhounds. This will be Donovan’s first showing as a representative of the United States in an international tournament.
“Ryder will also benefit from this experience, as he has never been overseas, or played for Team USA,” David added. “He has made a big splash in Minnesota, and has had somewhat of a breakout summer. It’s no surprise to us he has earned a spot on this year’s Hlinka team. He’s ready to play for us now. No question.”
Both players were selected by Dubuque in Phase I of the 2016 USHL Draft. Semik was the team’s first-round selection, 14th overall, and Donovan was the team’s eighth-round pick, 126th overall.
Saints assistant coach Matt Millar was named as an assistant coach for Team USA, as he will serve on the staff led by Clark Donatelli.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will take place between August 7 and August 12 in Břecav of the Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. The United States will look to take gold for the first time since 2003, and to medal for the fourth time in five years.