Colorado Rubber

Colorado’s and Utah’s Authoritative Voice of Ice and Inline Hockey

Wheat Ridge native Boettiger takes giant leap, earns spot between pipes with USA Hockey’s NTDP


USA Hockey’s NTDP has had a slew of Colorado natives on its roster over the years.

Harrison Boettiger is the latest, having earned a spot on the U.S. Under-17 Team for the 2023-24 season.

“When I was first offered, I felt amazing and like a dream had been accomplished,” said Boettiger, a 2007-born Wheat Ridge native. “Everyone dreams to represent their country in any way. I have the opportunity to represent mine doing what I love most. Over the next two years, I am expecting to be challenged in every way possible. I know it will be the hardest two years of my life, and for that, I am excited to keep trying to reach my potential.”

Growing up, Boettiger played for the Arvada Hockey Association and Colorado Thunderbirds. He also spent a season in St. Louis before heading to Faribault, Minn., to play at Shattuck-St. Mary’s the past two seasons.

“There are a few coaches I had that were very important to me and my development through Colorado – Corey Wogtech, Justin Biehl, and Karl Sellan,” Boettiger said. “Justin Biehl introduced me to high-level goaltending coaches, and Corey Wogtech was the high-level goalie coach. Karl Sellan was a great coach and a great person to have around and help me get to where I wanted to be.

“Coming from Shattuck, I have a lot of experience living away from home although I have never had the opportunity to billet. I look forward to the new experiences and being able to meet new friends and family (in Plymouth, Mich.). I decided to make the move to Shattuck as I saw how hard they work here and how important it is to develop, on and off the ice. There is really no place like Shattuck, and it has been a huge part of my life. I could not pick a better place to grow as a person and a goalie.”

Back home in Colorado, Boettiger said he started playing hockey at a young age as a mite at the Apex.

“My dad had always played, so he insisted that I give it a try,” said Boettiger. “From there, I fell in love with the game and every aspect of it.”

As a late 2007 birth year, Boettiger is finishing his freshman year and will be in 10th grade next year.

Photo provided by Harrison Boettiger

— Matt Mackinder

(April 11, 2023)

Free Website Hit Counter
Free website hit counter