(photo: FastHockey, usahockey.com)
The International International Ice Hockey Men’s Under-18 World Championship begins tomorrow in Lappeenranta, Finland, and US fans can follow their team this year through FASTHockey who will be streaming all US games free of charge. The tournament will highlight the best players in the world who are 17 or younger, hailing from 10 countries. Team USA’s first game in the preliminary round takes place tomorrow against Switzerland. A full schedule can be found below.
Most of the time, FastHockey’s broadcasts are pay-per-view, so it’s great that these games will be available for free to those who want to watch Team USA.
The U.S. squad seeks its eighth gold medal in the event after capturing the tournament title in four of the last five years. Team USA had won four-consecutive gold medals before having its streak snapped last year in Sochi, Russia. The silver medal in 2013 marked 10-straight top-three finishes for the U.S.
The roster for the U.S. features 15 players recently listed on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of draft-eligible players. Among those players in the top twenty are forwards Alex Tuch(Baldwinsville, N.Y./12th), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./16th) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./17th). Goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) were ranked fourth and seventh respectively.
For a complete U.S. roster, click here.
2014 IIHF Men’s U18 World Championship Team USA Schedule April 17-27, 2014 • Lappeenranta, Finland Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT) Live Webcast Tues., April 14 Germany* W, 9-1 — Thurs., April 17 Switzerland 3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m. FASTHockey.com Sat., April 19 Czech Republic 3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m. FASTHockey.com Sun., April 20 Denmark 6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m. FASTHockey.com Tues., April 22 Finland 6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m. FASTHockey.com Thurs., April 24 Quarterfinals TBD TBD Sat., April 26 Semifinals TBD TBD Sun., April 27 Bronze-Medal 3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m. TBD Gold-Medal 7:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m. TBD