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Two Wisconsin teams ready for battle in CCM NIT

By Matt Carey, Contributor, 04/22/24, 11:00AM CDT


Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Matt Carey and do not reflect the opinions of Wisconsin Prep Hockey or its partners.

Games in Plymouth, Minnesota April 25-28

Scouts from all the US junior leagues, and some Canadian junior leagues, will be visiting Plymouth, Minnesota this week for the CCM National Invitational Tournament (NIT). In addition, Chris Lonke, CCM NIT Tournament Director shared “NCAA D-1 coaches attend, and NHL scouts attend but it depends on who is playing.”

The CCM NIT is organized by Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association, and CCM to provide an opportunity for high school players to showcase their talents in front of scouts.

The timing of the CCM NIT is excellent for scouts because it is just prior to the junior league drafts. Sam Kappell played for Wisconsin’s HP-18 team in the 2023 CCM NIT, and two weeks later he was the first player selected in the USHL draft.

“We absolutely scout the NIT. It is a great showcase with tons of talented players. The players get exposure from all levels of junior hockey.” Logan Murphy, Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) assistant coach.

Wisconsin sends two teams to the CCM NIT, Wisconsin Seniors and Wisconsin HP-18. The Wisconsin Seniors are only players in 12th grade. Wisconsin’s HP-18 players are below 12th grade, and most are in 11th grade.

“I am super excited to play in the NIT, and grateful towards the coaching staff for choosing me. I am honored to be chosen. It will be competitive and fast paced so our team will have to be ready. Our state has underrated high school hockey and during this tournament we can showcase how good we really are. I believe if the Wisconsin teams play hard, we can have success at the NIT.” Joseph Coghlin, 12th grade, Notre Dame Academy.

Wisconsin Seniors

  • Rowan White, G, Madison Edgewood
  • Dylan Byrne, D, Eau Claire Memorial
  • Caden Feinstein, D, Madison Memorial
  • Drew Sparacino, D, Brookfield
  • Riley Boyle, D, Madison Memorial
  • Bryce Dahl, D, Notre Dame
  • Brecken Meyer, D, Hudson
  • Jackson Hoem, F, Chippewa Falls
  • Vincent Greene, F, Amery
  • Catcher Langeness, F, New Richmond
  • Joseph Coghlin, F, Notre Dame
  • Andrew Jicha, F, Oregon
  • William McDonald, F, Madison West
  • Gannon Blaiser, F, Hudson
  • Carsen Gause, F, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Mason Johnson, F, Chippewa Falls
  • Ryan Hilbert, F, Bay Port
  • Josh Dekarske, F, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Evan Burchardt, F, Beaver Dam
  • Devin Rustlie, G, Bay Port

“Playing in the NIT is a lot of fun! It is an opportunity to showcase your game in front of scouts. I am looking forward to a fun weekend of hockey and good competition.” Nick Madsen, 11th grade, Eau Claire Memorial.

Wisconsin HP-18

  • Hayden Reuhl, G, Madison Edgewood
  • Nathan Antti, D, Notre Dame
  • Nick Madsen, D, Eau Claire Memorial
  • Austin Lamer, D, Tomahawk
  • Jackson Marthaler, D, Superior
  • Gus Thorp, D, Chippewa Falls
  • Wyatt Herres, D, Notre Dame
  • Quinn Smith, F, Madison West
  • Drew Bowe, F, Chippewa Falls
  • Gabe Braun, F, St. Mary’s Springs
  • Austin Westergaard, F, St. Mary’s Springs
  • Wyatt Ehrhardt, F, Middleton
  • Cooper Simon, F, Brookfield
  • Bjorn Bahneman, F, New Richmond
  • Matthew Richter, F, Madison Edgewood
  • Adam Sexton, F, Brookfield
  • Easton Lindert, F, Oregon
  • William Lyons, F, Bay Port
  • Jackson Schroeder, F, SPASH
  • Spencer Shober, G, Fond du Lac

“I am very excited to play in the NIT. It is an awesome event with great players and competition. I think we have a lot of talent. I am looking forward to playing with players I have never played with, and guys I’ve played with in the past.” Quinn Smith, 11th grade, Madison West.

Each Wisconsin team is coached by a highly successful former WIAA coach. Wisconsin Seniors is coached by Tim Ebner and assisted by Steve Dus and Josh Nelson. Ebner coached Onalaska HS to 12 conference titles, 10 sectional finals, and 4 trips to WIAA state. Wisconsin’s HP-18 team is coached by Cal Roadhouse and assisted by Podge Turnbull; both played professional hockey. Roadhouse coached University School to four state championships, two WIAA and two WISAA.

The 2024 CCM NIT is an 8-team tournament featuring two teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. North Dakota and Colorado send one team each.

Game Schedule

Thursday, April 25

  • 2:15PM Minnesota HP-18 vs. Wisconsin Seniors
  • 4:30PM Minnesota Seniors vs. Wisconsin HP-18

Friday, April 26

  • 12:15PM North Dakota vs. Wisconsin Seniors
  • 4:45PM Michigan Seniors vs. Wisconsin HP-18

Saturday, April 27

  • 10AM Colorado vs. Wisconsin HP-18
  • 2:30PM Wisconsin Seniors vs. Michigan Juniors

Sunday, April 28 (times to be determined)

  • 8AM 4th in each pool
  • 8:15AM 3rd in each pool
  • 10:30AM 2nd in each pool
  • 12:45PM 1st in each pool-championship game

All games at Plymouth Ice Center, 3650 Plymouth Blvd., Plymouth, MN

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Wisconsin HP-18 beat Michigan Juniors 6-3

By Matt Carey, Contributor 04/28/2024, 4:00pm CDT

Photo by James Butler

Wisconsin Seniors beat Colorado 10-2

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Wisconsin HP-18 crushed Colorado

By Matt Carey, Contributor 04/28/2024, 7:15am CDT

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Wisconsin Seniors defeat Michigan HP-18

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Photo by James Butler

Michigan Seniors slip past Wisconsin HP-18

By Matt Carey, Contributor 04/27/2024, 7:15am CDT

North Dakota edges Wisconsin Seniors 3-1

By Matt Carey, Contributor 04/27/2024, 7:15am CDT

Photo by James Butler