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NTDP Announces Star Wars Night

11/23/2018, 2:30pm EST
By USAHockeyNTDP.com

Auston Matthews Bobblehead and other promotional night changes announced


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PLYMOUTH, Mich. - USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will host its annual Star Wars Night on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, team officials announced Monday. The game, which is sponsored locally by Hines Park Lincoln, will feature the U.S. National Under-17 Team and the Central Illinois Flying Aces in a United States Hockey League matchup.


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For the sixth time, Team USA will wear Star Wars-inspired jerseys during the event. Previous designs include Darth Vader (2018), Star Wars: The Force Awakens hero robot BB-8 (2017), the iconic Stormtrooper (2016) and Han Solo (2015). The full jersey will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

All game-worn jerseys will be auctioned online at the NHL Auctions page. Bidding will commence following the conclusion of the game. All proceeds will benefit the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Team USA has raised over $25,000 for the hospital through past jersey auctions.


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The NTDP is also set to host Auston Matthews Bobblehead Night on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Matthews became the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft after he shined with the NTDP from 2013-15. The standout center for the Toronto Maple Leafs owns program records for single-season goals (55) and points (117).

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Matthews bobblehead as the U.S. National Under-18 Team hosts the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms.

All changes to the promotional schedule at USA Hockey Arena are listed below:

Promotion Previous Date New Date Matchup Time
Just Drive Night New event Nov. 30, 2018 U17s vs. Waterloo Blackhawks 7 p.m ET
Social Media Night Nov. 30, 2018 Dec. 7, 2018 U18s vs. Youngstown Phantoms 7 p.m ET
Star Wars Night New event Jan. 26, 2019 U17s vs. Central Illinois Flying Aces 7 p.m. ET
Trading Card Series Night #6 New event Feb. 22, 2019 U17s vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 7 p.m. ET
Detroit Sports Night March 30, 2019 March 15, 2019 U18s vs. Green Bay Gamblers 7 p.m. ET
Auston Matthews Bobblehead Night March 15, 2019 March 30, 2019 U18s vs. Youngstown Phantoms 7 p.m. ET

Tickets to Star Wars Night and all NTDP games are available at the USA Hockey Arena box office located at 14900 Beck Road in Plymouth, Michigan, by calling (734) 453-8400 or at USAHockeyNTDP.com/Tix. USA Hockey is also offering special tickets for Star Wars Night. When purchased, a portion of these tickets will benefit the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, originally based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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.

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