Strand only Alaskan named to USA Hockey National U17 Team
He was one of 11 forwards and 21 players selected by the National Team Development Program.
“I am honored and proud to be selected to represent my country for the next two years,” he said on Twitter. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have all helped me get to this point!”
Strand, of Alaska Oilers fame, will be part of the U17 team that will play in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, as well as face off against select competition against teams in the North American Hockey League and Minnesota Elite League.
The team will also compete in three international tournaments, including the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge, 2018 Four Nations Tournament and 2019 Five Nations Tournament.
Strand has already committed to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.