2019 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship Begins Thursday

All games to be streamed on NHL Network; Turcotte added to roster

Örnsköldsvik, Sweden — The 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship  is set to begin Thursday (April 18) as the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team takes on host Sweden in its first preliminary round game. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Fjallraven Center and the game will be televised live on NHL Network beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Team USA is in Group B along with Sweden, Russia, Slovakia and Latvia while Group A consists of Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland.

Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) has been added to the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team roster. He will join Illinois’ Cameron Rowe (Wilmette), Alex Vlasic (Wilmette), and Owen Lindmark (Naperville). Turcotte, who also represented Team USA at the 2018 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, was a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program this past season where he competed as a member of the U.S. Under-18 Team.

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NOTES: Team USA news, interviews, highlights and more can be found at TeamUSA.USAHockey.com … For the official IIHF home for the U18 Men’s World Championship, visit iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm18 … All 22 players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program … Five players who won a silver medal for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship are represented on the roster including Cole Caufield (Stevens Points, Wis.), Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.), Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) and Cam York (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) … Twelve different states are represented on the roster. Massachusetts and New York lead the way with five skaters, Illinois follows with four, and Connecticut, California, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas have one player each … The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record 15 consecutive medals, including gold medals in seven of the last ten 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).

For more information, please contact Sydney Blackman (Sydney.Blackman@usahockey.org).

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