2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship To Be Held April 19-29
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 23-player roster, including Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) who helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal in last year’s event, for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship April 19-29 in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia. The roster also includes Illinois’ Jonathan Mor (Highland Park), Jake Pivonka (Naperville) and Alex Turcotte (Island Lake).
The United States is featured in Group A along with Belarus, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden and will play its round-robin portion of the schedule at Arena Metallurg. Group B consists of the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Russia and Slovakia.
The U.S. seeks its 11th gold medal in the event after capturing its tournament record 10th gold medal last year in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. Team USA has earned 14 straight medals, including gold in seven of the past nine tournaments. Overall, the U.S. boasts 15 medals at the IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, the most of any country.
The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will be led by Seth Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.), serving for the first time as head coach at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
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For complete tournament information, including how to purchase tickets, visit u18worlds2018.iihf.hockey. Team USA News, interviews, highlights and more can be found on the Team USA website … All 23 players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program … Forwards Tyler Weiss (Raleigh, N.C.) and Patrick Giles (Chevy Chase, Md.) (Jan. 3, 2000) are the oldest players on Team USA, while forward Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), born May 14, 2001, is the youngest … Five players born in 2001 are represented on the roster including Cole Caufield (Stevens Points, Wis.), Hughes, Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) and Cam York (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) … Twelve different states are represented on the roster. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin lead the way with three skaters, while California, Massachusetts and New Jersey boasts two each. Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New York and North Carolina have one player each … The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record 14 consecutive medals, including gold medals in seven of the last nine years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017) … Team USA has won 10 gold medals all-time, the most of any country in IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship history. The event began in 1999. Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 … Follow @USAHockey on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with the #U18Worlds tag … For additional coverage, visit the USA Hockey Facebook page and Instagram account … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.