(Photo: USA Hockey web site)

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program recently unveiled its specialty jersey design for Star Wars Night, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at USA Hockey Arena. The game will pit the U.S. National Under-18 Team against the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.

A rendering of the jersey can be found here.

The jerseys will be auctioned off online at the NHL Auctions page. Bidding will commence onThursday, Feb. 4, and end on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 9 p.m. EST. Proceeds will benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last year’s auction raised over $4,500 for the hospital.

“Fundraising efforts like Star Wars Night help our Child & Family Life team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital provide important programs for children and their families,” said Mott community relations coordinator Byron Myer. “We are grateful for USA Hockey’s continued support of Mott.”

Among the festivities planned for Star Wars Night are appearances by characters from the beloved film franchise and extended universe, as well as a ceremonial puck drop. The Under-18 Team will wear the specially designed jerseys throughout the game. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

Tickets to the game are available at the USA Hockey Arena box office located at 14900 Beck Road in Plymouth, Michigan, or by calling (734) 453-8400. USA Hockey is also offering special tickets that when purchased, a portion goes directly back to the hospital. The game is also available via live stream at FASTHockey.com.

ABOUT THE NTDP: 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.

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