|DATE||OPPONENT / ROUND||TIME (LOCAL/ET) RESULTS|
|Mon. April 26||United States - 6||Russia - 7|
|Russia - W|
|Tues. April 27||United States - 5||Germany - 3|
|United States - W|
|Thurs. April 29||United States - 2||Czech Republic -1|
|United States - W|
|Sat. May 1||United States - 5||Finland - 4|
|United States - W|
|Mon. May 3||United States - 2||Sweden - 5|
|Sweden - W|
By Scott A. Strande
After spending the past 21 days watching some of the best college hockey in the country, including the NCAA Frozen Four and the ACHA D1 National Championship, my focus now turns to the IIHF U18 World Championships in Frisco, TX.
The tournament, which was actually moved to Texas a few months ago, features the best players under age 18 in the world, from 10 countries. The Dallas Stars organization offered up their facilities just north of Dallas and from all indications the has done a splendid job preparing for a safe and exciting tournament.
With the National Hockey League entry draft just around the corner, many of those playing the next 10 days in Texas will have their names called and perhaps a very lucrative professional hockey career lies ahead.
The United States roster will consist of mostly players from the United States National Team Development Program and will be coached by current USNTDP U18 Head Coach Dan Muse. In addition, those of us in the southwest will have our eyes on players who will don college hockey jerseys next season of the Arizona State University Sun Devils and the University of Denver Pioneers.
One of The Sun Devils prize recruits is Ty Murchison, a defenseman who has been a steady performer for the USNTDP U18 program. Meanwhile the Pioneers will add defenseman Sean Behrens and forward Jack Devine, both who have big contributors to the program.
When play begins on Monday, the COVID-19 protocol is incredibly tight. In Plano at Children’s Health Star Arena, where Group A will play until the semifinals, the closest you can get is the parking lot. At Comerica Center, in Frisco there are limited numbers of tickets available but getting getting close to the players or coaches will not happen.
It’s a shame that this much talent can’t be witnessed in person and I am thankful I will be able to see at least three of Team USA games in person. This indeed is a different year, however don’t tell the young men battling for a world championship and looking to showcase their skills for scouts and NHL executives who surely have their eyes on Texas next week.
Watch for all the coverage at www.icetimehockeysw.com our YouTube channel at icetimesw and of course on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all week long.
April 26 – May 6, 2021
|No.||Name||Height||Weight||DOB||S/C||Hometown||Most Recent Team||College Commitment
|1||Braden Holt||6-2||150||7/30/03||L||Bozeman, Mont||Everett Silvertips|
|29||Gibson Homer||6-6||210||12/29/03||L||Grand Rapids, Mich||U.S. National|
Under 18 Team
|30||Kaidan Mbereko||5-11||182||7/28/03||L||Aspen, Colo||U.S. National|
Under 18 Team
|No.||Name||Height||Weight||DOB||S/C||Hometown||Most Recent Time||College Commitment
|2||Sean Behrens||5-10||177||3/31/03||L||Barrington, Ill||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Denver (NCHC)|
|3||Ryan Chesley||6-0||187||2/27/04||R||Mahtomedi, Minn||U.S. National Under-17 Team||University of Minnesota (Big 10)|
|5||Ty Murchison||6-2||192||2/2/03||L||Corona, Calif||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Arizona State University (IND)|
|10||Ethan Straky||5-11||174||4/18/03||R||Ormond Beach, Fla||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|17||Aidan Hreschuk||5-11||188||2/19/03||L||Long Beach, Calif||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Boston College (HEA)|
|20||Lane Hutson||5-7||140||2/14/04||L||Barrington, Ill||U.S. National Under-17 Team||Boston University (HEA)|
|24||Ty Gallagher||6-0||188||3/6/03||R||Clarkston, Mich||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big 10)|
|27||Roman Schmidt||6-5||210||2/27/03||R||Midland, Mich||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Boston University (HEA)|
|No||Name||Height||Weight||DOB||S/C||Hometown||Most Recent Team||College Commitment (Conference)|
|4||Jack Hughes||5-11||165||11/2/03||L||Westwood, Mass||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Northeaster University (HEA)|
|7||Jack Devine||5-11||173||10/1/03||R||Glenco, Ill||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Denver (NCHC)|
|8||Justin Janicke||5-11||185||6/30/03||L||Maple Grove, MN||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|9||Liam Gilmartin||6-2||192||1/7/03||L||Falls Church, Va||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Providence College (HEA)|
|12||Sasha Pastujov||6-0||184||7/15/03||L||Bradenton, Fla||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|14||Rutger McGroaty||6-1||199||3/30/04||L||Lincoln, Neb||U.S. National Under-17 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|15||Ryan St. Louis||5-10||168||6/13/03||L||Riverside, Conn||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Northeastern University (HEA)|
|19||Red Savage||5-11||180||5/15/03||L||Scottsdale, Ariz||U.S. National Under-18 Team||Miami University (NCHC)|
|21||Marek Hejduk||5-11||186||1/3/04||R||Parker, Colo||U.S. National Under-17 Team||Harvard University (ECAC)|
|22||Isaac Howard||5-10||178||3/30/04||L||Hudson, Wis||U.S. National Under-17 Team||University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)|
|23||Logan Cooley||5-10||168||5/4/04||L||West Mifflin, Pa||U.S. National Under-17 Team||University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|25||Dylan Duke||5-10||175||3/4/03||L||Strongsville, Ohio||U.S. National Under-18 Team||University of Michigan (Big Ten)|
|28||Charlie Stramel||6-3||210||10/15/04||R||Rose mount, Minn||U.S. National Under-17 Team||Uncommitted|