(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.

From usahockey.com:

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
*pre-tournament game

Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.

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