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Three WHL Players Invited to USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase

 

Three WHL players have been invited to USA Hockey’s 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase to be staged at USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth from July 29 – Aug. 5.

Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs, Max Gerlach of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Kieffer Bellows, who recently announced his commitment to the Portland Winterhawks will be among 10 CHL players to lace up the skates for the red, white and blue at the annual tournament.

The event features players from four nations – the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden – auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York.

USA Hockey’s unveiled roster for the World Junior Summer Showcase includes 42 players with seven returnees from last year’s gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team.

CHL Players Invited to USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase:

Kieffer Bellows (Portland Winterhawks)*
Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s)
Sean Day (Windsor Spitfires)
Max Gerlach (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Max Jones (London Knights)
Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters)
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)

*committed to CHL for 2017-18 season

For the complete list of U.S players invited to the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, click here.

The United States, which enters the 2018 tournament having medaled in back-to-back IIHF World Junior Championships for the second time ever (2010 – gold, 2011 – bronze), aims to claim a third-straight medal in tournament play for the first time in USA Hockey history.

The week-long event will include 12 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States.

2017 World Junior Summer Showcase Game Schedule:

Saturday, July 29:
USA White vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 30
USA Blue vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1
Canada Red vs. USA White 4:08 p.m.
Canada White vs. USA Blue 7:08 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2
Canada vs. Finland 1:08 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:08 p.m.

Friday, August 4
Sweden vs. Canada 1:08 p.m.
Finland vs. USA 4:08 p.m.

Saturday, August 5
Sweden vs. Finland 4:08 p.m.
USA vs. Canada 7:08 p.m

For more information on the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, visit teamusa.usahockey.com/worldjuniors.

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