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Michaelson still considering USNDTP program offer

By staff reports, 04/14/10, 12:18PM CDT

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Apple Valley forward given more time to make decision for next season

A.J. Michaelson, the Apple Valley forward ranked No. 1 on the Hockey Hub's list of the state's top 30 sophomores, has been given another week by the U.S. National Developmental Team Program to decide whether he will join the national Under-17 team for next season, according to Jeff Michaelson, A.J.'s father.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Michaelson attended the developmental program's evaluation camp March 27-30 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was offered a spot on the U-17 team and originally given until Monday, April 12 to make his decision.

"They called him Monday at school, and he told them he still hadn't made a decision yet," Jeff Michaelson said. "It's a tough decision for a 16-year-old to make. As parents, we'll certainly help him as much as we can."

Michaelson had 19 goals and 16 assists for the Eagles last season despite missing seven games with a groin injury. He returned to the lineup in time to lead Apple Valley to its first state tournament appearance since 1994.

Jeff Michaelson said A.J. has been given until Monday or Tuesday of next week to decide whether he will play in Ann Arbor or return for his junior season at Apple Valley.

Michaelson will play for Section 3A/AA in the Reebok High Performance Minnesota Hockey Advanced 16s Festival on April 16-18 at Plymouth Ice Arena.