MAGNITOGORSK, Russia –
Hockey Canada has announced the addition of six players to its roster for
the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk,
Russia, beginning on Thursday.
Joining the team are goaltender Olivier Rodrigue (Chicoutimi, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL);
defenceman Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL); and
forwards Aidan Dudas (Parry Sound, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL), Raphaël Lavoie (Chambly, Que./Halifax, QMJHL), Akil Thomas (Toronto/Niagara, OHL), and Joe Veleno (Kirkland, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL).
Dudas, McIsaac, Rodrigue, Thomas, and Veleno were all part of Canada’s
National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team that won the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial
Cup (now the Hlinka Gretzky Cup) last August. Hockey Canada will still have
an opportunity to add players to the roster as teams are eliminated in
Canadian Hockey League (CHL) playoffs.
The Canadians blanked Slovakia 5-0 in pre-tournament action on Sunday,
April 15 in Chelyabinsk, and won Monday’s final tune-up against Finland by
a score of 3-2. Graeme Clarke (Ottawa/Ottawa, OHL), Kirby Dach (Fort
Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon, WHL), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Kootenay,
WHL), and Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Saskatoon, WHL) – four of seven
under-aged players invited to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team
pre-tournament camp as an opportunity to further develop and gained
international experience – have returned home.
The team now moves to Magnitogorsk where Canada opens the 2018 IIHF U18 World
Championship on Thursday against the United States. TSN and RDS,
the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, are broadcasting 15 and
10 games respectively, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF
U18 World Championship.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including
three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).
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