Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today the roster that will represent Canada at the upcoming U-18 World Championships in Switzerland and Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named as one of six underage players to participate in pre-competition camp.
Skinner and the five other underage players will take part in the
pre-competition camp and exhibition games, but will not compete in the full
tournament itself as they will return to Canada prior to the start of the world
The 16-year-old Skinner just completed his first full season
in the Western Hockey League with the Hurricanes posting a record of 13-20-2-3
in 43 appearances and posted a 3.69 goals against average with a .909 save
percentage with one shutout. The Edmonton, Alberta, product represented Canada
playing for Team Canada Black at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia,
Ontario, in November.
Skinner, who is already in Switzerland, says this is
just another great honour, “It’s quite a privilege. It’s really an honour to be
here in Switzerland playing in exhibition [games] of the U-18 tournament. Just
the whole experience of coming over to Europe to play hockey for your country,
it’s a complete honour to be here and do that.”
“Playing at the U-18
tournament is definitely going to help me in the future. It’s an absolutely
honour to be here and having this opportunity to play for your country is always
a privilege and I’m just happy to be here,” Skinner continued.
“I plan on
just taking everything in to get as much as I can out of [this] to take that
with me to my season next year and just use this to my advantage to get better
every day,” added Skinner. “Being at this tournament you’re playing against the
best of the best of the other countries. It’s definitely a challenge for me.
It’s the best of the best going head to head and it will definitely make me
The full tournament will take place from April 16-28, 2015 in Zug
and Lucerne, Switzerland.
(From Hurricanes Media Relations)