Ice Hockey U18 World Championship 2021

USA U18 World Championship Schedule 2021

Mon. April 26United States - 6Russia - 7
Russia - W
Tues. April 27United States - 5Germany - 3
United States - W
Thurs. April 29United States - 2Czech Republic -1
United States - W
Sat. May 1United States - 5Finland - 4
United States - W
Mon. May 3United States - 2Sweden - 5
Sweden - W

A Hockey Tournament As Big As Texas
About To Begin In Frisco, Texas

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 our YouTube channel at icetimesw and of course on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all week long.



Ice Hockey U18 World Championship 2021

April 26 –  May 6, 2021

U.S. vs Germany April 27, 2021 . . . . . U.S. 5 - Germany 3

U.S. vs Germany April 27, 2021 . . . . . U.S. 5 - Germany 3

U.S. vs Germany April 27, 2021 . . . . . U.S. 5 - Germany 3

Finland vs Russia: April 27, 2021 . . . . . Finland 4 vs. Russia 3

U.S. vs Russia: Game 2 April 26, 2021 . . . . . U.S. 6 - Russia 7

Children’s Health Star Center

Plano, Texas

Children’s Health Star Center Plano TX


Comerica center

Frisco, Texas

Comerica Center Frisco Texas


2021 U.S. Under 18 Men's National Team Roster

Goaltenders (3)

No.NameHeightWeightDOBS/CHometownMost Recent TeamCollege Commitment
1Braden Holt6-21507/30/03LBozeman, MontEverett Silvertips
29Gibson Homer6-621012/29/03LGrand Rapids, MichU.S. National
Under 18 Team
30Kaidan Mbereko5-111827/28/03LAspen, ColoU.S. National
Under 18 Team

Defensemen (8)

No.NameHeightWeightDOBS/CHometownMost Recent TimeCollege Commitment
2Sean Behrens5-101773/31/03LBarrington, IllU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Denver (NCHC)
3Ryan Chesley6-01872/27/04RMahtomedi, MinnU.S. National Under-17 TeamUniversity of Minnesota (Big 10)
5Ty Murchison6-21922/2/03LCorona, CalifU.S. National Under-18 TeamArizona State University (IND)
10Ethan Straky5-111744/18/03ROrmond Beach, FlaU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
17Aidan Hreschuk5-111882/19/03LLong Beach, CalifU.S. National Under-18 TeamBoston College (HEA)
20Lane Hutson5-71402/14/04LBarrington, Ill U.S. National Under-17 TeamBoston University (HEA)
24Ty Gallagher6-01883/6/03RClarkston, MichU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big 10)
27Roman Schmidt6-52102/27/03RMidland, MichU.S. National Under-18 TeamBoston University (HEA)

Forwards (13)

NoNameHeightWeightDOBS/CHometownMost Recent TeamCollege Commitment (Conference)
4Jack Hughes5-1116511/2/03LWestwood, MassU.S. National Under-18 TeamNortheaster University (HEA)
7Jack Devine5-1117310/1/03RGlenco, IllU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Denver (NCHC)
8Justin Janicke5-111856/30/03LMaple Grove, MNU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
9Liam Gilmartin6-21921/7/03LFalls Church, VaU.S. National Under-18 TeamProvidence College (HEA)
12Sasha Pastujov6-01847/15/03LBradenton, FlaU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
14Rutger McGroaty6-11993/30/04LLincoln, NebU.S. National Under-17 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
15Ryan St. Louis5-101686/13/03LRiverside, ConnU.S. National Under-18 TeamNortheastern University (HEA)
19Red Savage5-111805/15/03LScottsdale, ArizU.S. National Under-18 TeamMiami University (NCHC)
21Marek Hejduk5-111861/3/04RParker, ColoU.S. National Under-17 TeamHarvard University (ECAC)
22Isaac Howard5-101783/30/04LHudson, WisU.S. National Under-17 TeamUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)
23Logan Cooley5-101685/4/04LWest Mifflin, PaU.S. National Under-17 TeamUniversity of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
25Dylan Duke5-101753/4/03LStrongsville, OhioU.S. National Under-18 TeamUniversity of Michigan (Big Ten)
28Charlie Stramel6-321010/15/04RRose mount, MinnU.S. National Under-17 TeamUncommitted