Stankoven of Kamloops Blazers to wear letter for Team Canada at under-18 world championship

Kamloops Blazers’ forward Logan Stankoven has been named an alternate captain for Canada at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Hockey Canada on Saturday revealed its leadership group, which includes captain Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and alternate captain Mason McTavish of the Peterborough Petes

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Stankoven, an 18-year-old Kamloops product, is one of 10 WHL players representing Canada at the annual event, which is scheduled to get underway on Monday in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

A 5-foot-8, 170-pound forward, Stankoven was selected fifth overall in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

Stankoven recorded 29 goals and 48 points in 59 games as a rookie during the 2019-2020 WHL campaign, before adding another seven goals and 10 points in six games in the shortened 2020-2021 WHL regular season.

Over the course of 72 career regular season games, Stankoven has registered 59 points, including 36 goals.

Canada played its lone pre-tournament contest on Saturday, securing a 5-1 win over Finland. Stankoven notched a primary assist on a second period goal by Regina Pats’ phenom Connor Bedard.

Canada will open the world championship against Sweden on Tuesday, a 6 p.m. start, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action.

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


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