BLOOMINGFIELD HILLS, MI – The 2020 Youth Olympic Games are set to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland from Jan. 9-22 and five TPH Trained players have been named to the Team USA roster. Rutger McGroarty, Hunter Brzustewicz, Cutter Gauthier, Lane Hutson, and Tyler Duke will be representing the red, white, and blue in Switzerland.
McGroarty and Brzustewicz are currently TPH Center of Excellence students in Detroit. Gauthier, Hutson and Duke all attended the Center of Excellence and have since moved on.
“It’s an honor to be selected to play for the Red, White, & Blue. I feel like we have the team that’ll bring home the gold!” says McGroarty.
“It’s an honor to be selected to play for my country and wear their colors.” Brzustewicz added. “I look forward to get started with my new teammates and competing against the best players around the world.”
2020 Youth Olympic Games rosters constructed of 17 hockey players (15 skaters and 1 goalie) consisting of the best 2004 birth years representing U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, and Switzerland will compete in the tournament. Team USA captured gold at the 2016 tournament in Lillehammer, Norway.
"This one is a MAJOR deal," said Jimmy McGroarty, newly named Head Coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) and father of Rutger. "This event only happens every 4 years. The opportunity these kids have can lead to so much more whether it is a tryout for US National team or an opportunity to build on their NHL draft opportunity. "