POPRAD, Slovakia – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) will wear the ‘C’ on his Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23.
Anderson-Dolan will be assisted by Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres).
“We are very excited about our leadership group,” said Darren Rumble (Moncton Wildcats), head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team. “Jaret, Max and Stelio have shown great leadership right from day one. They are excellent competitors on the ice, and super people off the ice.”
Twenty players have been registered to play for Canada when the puck drops on the team’s opening game against Latvia on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hockey Canada can add up to three more players to its roster before the playoff round begins on April 20.
“It’s a huge honour; if you look at some of the guys who’ve worn the ‘C’ for Team Canada before, there’s some big names out there,” said Anderson-Dolan about Wednesday’s news. “It’s just an honour to be recognized on this team as one of its leaders. I’m going to do everything I can to represent Canada as best I can and to help us win a gold medal.”
TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).
In addition to the seven WHL players that will represent Team Canada, two WHL players will represent international competitors at the tournament, with Mark Rubinchik (Saskatoon Blades) and Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary Hitmen) suiting up for their respective countries.
SEVEN WHL PLAYERS ON CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM:
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
WHL PLAYERS ON INTERNATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAMS:
Mark Rubinchik (Saskatoon Blades – Russia)
Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary Hitmen – Belarus)
Game 1: Canada overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit, but ultimately lost its first pre-tournament game by one goal, with Russia besting them 5-4 on Sunday.
- Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) racked up one goal and one assist each, while Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) was between the pipes and made 20 saves.
- Game Summary
Game 2: Canada edged Switzerland 5-4 on Monday to close out its pre-tournament action ahead of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.
- Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) recorded a hat-trick in the come-from-behind win, with Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) scoring two for the red-and-white.
- Jacob McGrath (Sudbury Wolves) made 19 saves for Canada.
- Game Summary
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