Collegeville's Christopher McCarthy received an early birthday present yesterday.
The forward, who turns 17 today, was named to USA Hockey's 2008 U.S. under-18 select team.
The squad is scheduled to participate in the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament on Aug. 12-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
"I was surprised even though I had a good camp," said McCarthy, referring to the 2008 USA Hockey Select 17 player development camp that was held July 7-13 at the National Hockey Center at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. "I scored five goals in five games."