(Poprad, Slovakia) — Five underage players (2000 born) were selected to represented to select their countries at the World Under 18 Championships in Poprad, Slovakia April 13-23, 2017 well as at the B pool in Slovenia April 6-13, 2017.
Following an excellent rookie season that saw him lead the country in goals by a 16-year-old in the Canadian Hockey League during his initial season with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL, Anderson Macdonald (Saint John, New Brunswick) was selected to represent Canada as an underage to provide scoring to the forward corps.
Stephane Patry (Geneva, Switzerland) was also selected as an underage to play for Switzerland in the prestigious event. The slick intelligent forward scored 22 points in 34 games for Geneva Under 20 team this season – leading them to a first-place finish in regular season play. It will be his second appearance as an underage on the Swiss national team following his performance at the Five Nations Tournament in Plymouth, Michigan in November.
Artjoms Lapiks (Riga, Latvia) is a power forward who will bring a rugged, two-way game also as an underage for Latvia after a season in which Lapiks scored 16 points in 30 games with Sodertalje in the Sweden U18 league.
Mads Søgaard (Aalborg, Denmark) is a 6’6 goalie who led Esjberg to a Denmark Under 17 Championship for the first time this season and had two shutouts in his last appearance as an underage for the Denmark Under-18 team.
Yannik Valenti (Mannheim, Germany) is a fast and skilled underage forward who led the Mannheim Juniors to a championship in the German Junior DNL and will be counted on a contributor for Germany.