Photo by Rena Laverty, courtesy of the U.S. NTDP
I had the chance to jump on a Zoom call with Dylan Peterson, a center for the U.S. National Team Development Program. We chatted about his season, his family’s role in his development and he tells a funny story about the shootout. We also took a look at some video from this past season and broke down the tape.
Bio Information courtesy of Elite Prospects
Tony Ferrari: With the season coming to an early end, what is the feeling you’re left with when you think back on it?
Dylan Peterson: I mean, it’s super unfortunate but everyone’s in the same boat. A lot of teams and a lot of seasons were ended early. It just sucks for us because we had a real shot at doing well at the World U18s there. We were playing well towards the end of the season and we felt like we had a really good shot and we worked really hard up to that point so just to have it end early is really disappointing for myself and the entire team.
TF: The U.S. National Team Development Program is a unique opportunity for young players. There are often players on the roster from all over the United States including non-traditional markets such as Alaska, Texas, and California, like yourself. What’s it like being on a team with players from so many different backgrounds?
DP: It’s a super cool experience. Growing up, when I played in Colorado I played against some of those guys. We played on a travel team so I developed a couple of relationships with a couple of the guys. Then going to the team and meeting a bunch of new guys. One of my best friends, Hunter Strand, he’s actually from Alaska and its pretty cool hearing about Alaska. I was planning a trip up there and he was going to come to Ottawa and stuff like that. It’s pretty unique because we all come from different hockey backgrounds and different family backgrounds so it’s pretty cool.
TF: You mention family there, how has your family helped with your development to this point?
DP: Yeah, my family has been a huge part of where I am now. My mom, when I was growing up, she was a stay-at-home mom just because it was really hard getting me to and from practice. In Colorado, I loved an hour and a half away from the practice rink so she’d spend all the time driving me there, watching me practice, drive me back and getting back late at night and then do it all again the next day.
My dad, he’s just always been there for me. He’s always kind of had a plan. I remember when I was 10 or 11, we went and visited the old “Cube” in Michigan where the NTDP used to play