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TPH Alumni Brindley, Gauthier, Hutson, and McGroarty Secure World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Title

TPH is elated to announce that four of its dedicated alumni, Gavin Brindley (Estero), Cutter Gauthier (Detroit), Lane Hutson (Detroit), and Rutger McGroarty (Detroit) and their Team USA teammates brought home the gold in the highly anticipated IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship game against Sweden.

Rutger McGroarty, Captain

The highly competitive and revered IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship showcases the outstanding skill and determination of some of the best young hockey players from around the globe. This accomplishment highlights the remarkable discipline, perseverance, and teamwork exhibited by these exceptional TPH alumni.

Team USA took the lead in the first period, with a pass from Rutger McGroarty to teammate Will Smith. Smith sent the puck toward Gabe Perreault, and it deflected past the pad of Sweden’s Hugo Havelid. McGroarty also scored the game-winning empty net goal at the end of the third period. Read the full game recap here.

TPH Detroit is deeply honored to have been part of the journey of these talented athletes, taking immense pride in their accomplishments and celebrating their hard-earned victory. TPH Academy Detroit Director Dwayne Norris had the pleasure of working with both Lane Hutson and Rutger McGroarty during their time at TPH.

Lane Hutson, Alternate Captain

“Lane and Rutger consistently demonstrated their unwavering determination and relentless pursuit of greatness throughout their time at TPH Detroit,” shared Norris. “They tirelessly honed their skills and harnessed their potential, ultimately leading them to this great accomplishment. We applaud their work ethic, resilience, and commitment to their game, and we’re proud to call them, along with Cutter and Gavin, TPH alumni.” 

TPH Academy Estero Alum Gavin Brindley also picked up an assist during the championship game.

“We are incredibly proud of and excited for Gavin and his teammates,” shared Ryan Brindley, TPH Academy Estero Director and father of Gavin. “Gavin pursued excellence during his time here at TPH, and this accomplishment reflects the spirit of hard work and determination that we strive to instill in all of our student-athletes. We congratulate these four TPH Alumni on this well-deserved victory and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.”

In addition to this championship title, Cutter Gauthier was also named the Best Forward of the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, and along with Lane Hutson, earned himself a spot on the Media All-Star Team. 

Speaking with USA Hockey, Lane shared, “I can’t really put it into words; I’m really proud of this group,” Hutson said. “For 25 days or whatever it is, everyone came to work and I’m just really happy for our guys. I think what I’ll remember most is just being able to come to the rink and be myself. It felt like we’ve been playing together for five years — that’s how tight this group got being in those tight situations and always finding a way.”

“We are incredibly proud of Cutter, Lane, Gavin, and Rutger,” shared TPH Academy CEO, Alan Keeso. “Their accomplishments are a testament to their hard work, determination, and dedication to their personal growth and development over the years. We are honored to be a part of their journey and we’re all looking forward to keeping up with what’s next for each of them.”

Cutter Gauthier, Alternate Captain

Gavin Brindley, Alternate Captain

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