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PRESS RELEASE — Pair of Lumberjacks selected to U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team for Hlinka Gretzky Cup

By Ryan Vallon, 06/29/22, 12:00PM EDT


MUSKEGON, Mich. —  USA Hockey has released its roster for the upcoming 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which includes one current and one future Muskegon Lumberjacks player. In all, Gavin McCarthy and Joe Connor both made the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team for the annual tournament set to begin July 31 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. 


McCarthy, the 6-foot-1, 171-pound defenseman appeared in 53 games with the Lumberjacks in 2021-22, scoring two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in his USHL rookie season. The Boston University recruit played three years with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres before tendering in Muskegon. The Clarence Center, N.Y. native was a member of Team USA that won the 2021 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Visp, Switzerland.


Connor, the 5-foot-9, 161-pound forward skated in 26 games with the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn. during the 2021-22 season, scoring 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points. The Amherst, N.H. native was previously selected to the 2021 BioSteel Boys Select 16 player development camp last year. The Muskegon Lumberjacks selected Connor 314th overall in the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft.

In addition, former Lumberjacks equipment manager Patrick Dooley has been tabbed as Team USA’s Equipment Manager for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The Berkley, Mich. recently completed his first season with the Univ. of Vermont Catamounts Men’s Ice Hockey team in the same role, after serving five years with the Lumberjacks beginning in 2016.

The 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup is slated for July 31 through August 6, 2022, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The U.S. will be placed in Group B competing alongside Czechia, Finland, and Germany. Group A will consist of Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Following a preliminary-round play within the groups, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals on August 5, with the 3rd-place and championship games set for August 6. 

All-time, the U.S. Under-18 Men's Select Team has captured the Hlinka Gretzky Cup one time (2003) and has earned second-place finishes nine times in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1994, and 1993.

To see the full roster for Team USA, click HERE

2022-23 Lumberjacks Schedule

The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced the 2022-23 regular-season schedule. In total, the season will consist of 62 regular-season contests in a regionally-based schedule. Flannel Fest will make its return on Sept. 30 for Muskegon’s home opener against the Chicago Steel. In all, fans will have the opportunity to witness live Lumberjack hockey 30 times this upcoming year, including 30 unique theme nights for each home game. All home games – with the exception of Dec. 31 – will have a 7:00 pm ET start time from Trinity Health Arena in downtown Muskegon. Single-game tickets will be released on Friday, August 12 at noon. Season tickets are on sale now. To view the full schedule, click HERE.

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About the Hlinka Gretzky Cup

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an annual under-18 tournament held each August, administered by Hockey Canada, the Czech Ice Hockey Association, and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. The competition began in 1991 as the Phoenix Cup and was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2007 before becoming the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018.

About the Muskegon Lumberjacks

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The club’s goal is to create an environment where student-athletes develop into successful young men both on and off the ice, which includes playing the game the right way while keeping up with their studies in the classroom and staying actively involved in the West Michigan community. The organization is committed to providing quality, affordable, and top-notch family entertainment while providing positive role models for the youth and the local community.