|Michael Clemente has been
selected to participate in USA Hockey's National Team Development
Program (NTDP). A native of McLean, Va., Michael is only the
second player from the D.C. area to be selected for the U.S. NTDP
(the other was Caps 2003 draft pick Stephen Werner).
The NTDP consists of two national teams - the U.S. National
Under-18 Team and the U.S. National Under-17 team - based in Ann
Arbor, Mich. The program's goal is to prepare student-athletes
under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and
for future hockey careers. Efforts focus on high-caliber play on
the ice, and on creating well rounded individuals off the ice. The
success of the NTDP is not gauged by wins and losses, but on the
development of skills and acquiring experience.
Michael has grown up playing youth hockey in the D.C. area. He has
skated for the Ashburn Xtreme and the Washington Little Capitals.
Most recently, Michael was the starting goaltender for the
Washington Junior Capitals and backstopped them to a 29-11 record
by posting a 2.17 goals-against average and a .933 save
For the past two seasons, Michael has also been the starting
goaltender for Gonzaga College High School, leading the Eagles to
their first-ever Maryland State Championship as a freshman. On the
strength of Clemente's 11-1-3 record, 1.93 GAA and .912 save
percentage this season, Gonzaga repeated as the Maryland State
Private High School Champions.
While excelling on the ice, Michael is also successful in the
classroom, posting a 3.42 GPA.
The Washington Capitals would like to congratulate Michael, his
parents and all of his youth hockey coaches on this well deserved
honor. We wish him the best of luck in Ann Arbor next season!
Goalie Michael Clemente has guided his
Gonzaga Eagles to back-to-back Maryland State Private High School