Blazers' Stankoven off to under-18 world hockey championship

The tourney will be played in Plano and Frisco, Tex. — suburbs of Dallas — from April 26 to May 6.

Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers is among 10 Western Hockey League players named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation U18 World Championship in Texas.

The tourney will be played in Plano and Frisco, Tex. — suburbs of Dallas — from April 26 to May 6.

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In all, Team Canada will dress 25 players for the championship, which was last held in 2019, when Sweden defeated Russia for gold and the United States knocked off Canada in the bronze-medal game.

The 2020 championship was to be played in Michigan, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remaining nine WHL players on the roster are goaltenders Thomas Milic (Seattle Thunderbirds) and Tyler Brennan (Prince George Cougars); defencemen Nolan Allan (Prince Albert Raiders), Olen Zellweger (Everett Silvertips) and Carson Lambos (Winnipeg Ice) and forwards Conner Roulette (Seattle), Cole Sillinger (Medicine Hat Tigers), Connor Bedard (Regina Pats), and Dylan Guenther (Edmonton Oil Kings).

In addition to the 10 WHL players on the Canadian roster, the WHL is represented by Moose Jaw Warriors’ goaltending consultant Matt Weninger and Lethbridge Hurricanes’ team physician Dr. Ben Cameron.

Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home beginning on April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 6 p.m. Kamloops time.

Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 6 p.m. and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action.

Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and four bronze (2012, 2014, 2015, 2019).

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