The U.S. National Team Development Program has churned out some of the top stars in the NHL as of late, with players like Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy and many more getting their start with the NTDP, usually playing for two years at USA Hockey’s top development program out in Plymouth, Michigan.
The case can be made that the 2018-19 U-18 NTDP might be the most talented squad that the program has had in years — headlined by the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in Jack Hughes.
Hughes might get most of the fanfare, but there’s a chance for a number of his teammates to get their names called on the first day of the 2019 Draft, with Sportsnet’s latest prospect rankings tabbing eight USA players in the top 31 spots.
One player that has seen his stock soar as of late is Millis native Matthew Boldy, who has tallied 12 goals through his first 14 games this season with Team USA. In Scott Wheeler's latest preliminary draft rankings for the Athletic, Boldy ranks No.3 overall.
The son of a college football player at the University of Maine, Boldy charted out his path with hockey, with the 17-year-old winger set to join Boston College next season as the Eagles’ top recruit.
Boston Sports Journal caught up with the potential top-10 NHL Draft pick to discuss his ties to New England and his decision to join the Eagles next year.
Growing up in Millis, when did you start playing hockey and what got you hooked on it?
“Growing up in Millis, it’s a really small town. There’s not too much going on. Hockey-wise, I got into it basically because my older brother Mike was playing by the time I was born. He’s four years older than me, so growing up, seeing him always playing hockey made it something that I always wanted to do.”
I know your father has a bit of a football past. Did he want you to follow in his footsteps?
“My dad, he never pressured me or my brother into anything growing up. It was anything that we wanted to do. We moved to Millis when I was in fourth grade. So growing up when I was really young, we lived in an even smaller town and they didn’t even have a football program to begin with. It wasn’t really any way to get into that.