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Meet Seth Appert, the U.S. National Team Development Program’s new coach

From the Plymouth Observer's Tim Smith:

Seth Appert already looks totally at home at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, where he soon begins his first season as head coach of the National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

“It’s been great. Every day it’s just fun to come to the rink,” Appert said following Monday afternoon’s practice. “You’re working with the most talented young players in our country.”

With longtime NTDP coach Danton Cole leaving to coach at Michigan State University, Appert was brought in to fill the void.

Last year’s U18 coach, John Wroblewski, moves down to the Under-17 team (in the NTDP, coaches stay with the same group of players for their two years in the program).

“I am by nature an energetic, passionate, competitive optimist, I guess,” Appert said. “I’m a guy that has good positive energy every day. I expect the same in return.

“Naturally competitive, but I’m certainly an optimist by nature and I try to see the best in situations and in our young men. So I think that style will relate well to this age group, especially. It will allow them to build trust.”


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