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DYLAN LARKIN TO DROP FIRST PUCK – USA HOCKEY

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NTDP Alumnus and NHL All-Star, Dylan Larkin, to Make Appearance at Friday, Jan. 15 USA Hockey Game Red Wings Rookie to Drop Ceremonial First Puck.

Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./2012-14) will be welcomed by USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program to USA Hockey Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, when the U.S. National Under-17 Team hosts in-state rival Muskegon. The Detroit Red Wings all-star will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the game. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

Fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Dylan Larkin poster. In addition to the giveaway, five fans will be randomly selected for an exclusive meet-and-greet session with Larkin during the game. Game ticket stubs will be used as contest entries.

Larkin skated with the NTDP from 2012-14 registering 84 points (44-40) in 115 games with the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. While with Team USA, Larkin helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Internationally, Larkin also represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada and 2015 Men’s World Championship, where he earned a bronze medal in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Following his time at the NTDP, Larkin suited up for the University of Michigan where he collected 47 points (15-32) in 35 games over the course of the 2014-15 season. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and All-Big Ten First Team.

Now with the Detroit Red Wings, the Waterford, Michigan, native has 14 goals to go along with 15 assists in 42 games this season. He was recently tabbed to represent the Red Wings and the Atlantic Division at the Jan. 30 NHL All-Star game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, originally based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In March of 2015 the USA Hockey Foundation purchased Compuware Arena (now USA Hockey Arena) in Plymouth, Michigan, which will become the new home of the NTDP for the 2015-16 season.

The goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice. Photo by Tim Jarrold – In Play! magazine

Tickets to Friday’s game, and all NTDP home games held at USA Hockey Arena, can be purchased by visiting USAHockeyArena.com or by calling 734-453-8400. Fans can also purchase tickets at the USA Hockey Arena box office located at 14900 Beck Road in Plymouth, Michigan.

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