Jenkins and Kaliyev to represent United States on world stage

A pair of recently committed OHL prospects will represent the United States abroad this summer.

Saginaw Spirit prospect Blade Jenkins will don the stars and stripes at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament that gets underway on August 7th in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Saginaw’s first round (4th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Jenkins committed to the Spirit in early May after a year spent with the U.S. National Team Development Program. The native of Jackson, Mich. is a graduate of the Detroit Compuware Hockey Program where he tallied 15 goals, 21 assists and 36 points over 22 games in 2015-16 prior to being chosen by Saginaw.

Jenkins has represented the United States internationally once before, competing in the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. as he recorded one goal in five contests.

The United States settled for silver in last year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, falling to the host Czech Republic by a score of 4-3 in the championship final. The USA has medaled in three of the last four years at the event.

Also representing the United States this summer is Hamilton Bulldogs prospect Arthur Kaliyev who, like Jenkins, is a graduate of the Compuware program.

Kaliyev will compete in the 2017 Five Nations Tournament that will be held from August 23-27 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The tournament sees the United States compete against the host Czechs as well as Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. Team USA finished with a perfect 4-0 record in last year’s event that was held in Dallas, TX.

The 16-year-old native of Staten Island, NY was Hamilton’s second round (26th overall) selection this past April and announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on May 29th. Kaliyev recorded 19 goals, five assists and 18 points in 19 games with Compuware U16 this past season.

Other players chosen in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection competing for the United States at the Five Nations Tournament include Sarnia Sting fourth round choice Mitchell Miller (Honeybaked U16), Owen Sound Attack fifth round pick Dylan Wendt (Detroit Belle Tire U16), Sarnia Sting sixth round selection Josh Nodler (Honeybaked U16), Oshawa Generals ninth round pick John Farinacci (Shattuck St. Mary’s U16), Mississauga Steelheads ninth round choice Robert Mastrosimone (Shattuck St. Mary’s U16) and Windsor Spitfires 11th round selection Cade Webber (Three Rivers School).

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