MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team opens play at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge today (Oct. 31) against Canada Red in a pre-tournament game at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.
USA VS CANADA RED HISTORY
The U.S. has faced Canada Red seven times at the U17 Challenge, including twice in last year’s tournament. The U.S. lost in its pre-tournament game to Canada Red, 5-2 and in overtime to them in its quarterfinal game, 2-1 at the 2018 tournament. In the 2017 tournament, the U.S. and Canada Red faced-off in the championship game where the U.S. won, 6-4.
WORLD U17 CHALLENGE HISTORY
Team USA has competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on 25 previous occasions, including the Quebec Cup in 1990 and the Quebec Esso Cup in 1986. Combined, the U.S. has a 89-8-6-37-7 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record, good for first in the all-time event standings. Team USA has finished in the top three 15 times; first place in November, 2017, January 2014, 2010, 2002 and 2001; second place in November 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 1998 and 1996. The U.S. took third place in 2013, 2009 and 1998. Last year the U.S. finished in eighth place.
The U.S. Under-17 Team (2003 birth year) enters the 2019 World Under-17 Challenge with an 7-7-0-0 overall record. In last year’s tournament the 2002s went 1-0-1-4-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) during its 2018 run in Saint John/ Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
The last time the tournament was in Alberta was 2005 and the U.S. went 3-1-1 and placed fifth.
The U.S. has advanced to the championship game of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in six of the last 10 seasons and won five titles in the event's history (2001, 2002, 2010, January 2014, 2017).
COACHING STAFF AT THE CHALLENGE
John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) will lead the U.S. in the event for the second time. Joining Wroblewski will be associate coach Dan Hinote (Elk River, Minn.), and assistant coach Mike Leone (Dearborn, Mich.). Wroblewski coached Team USA to a first place finish at the 2017 tournament.
This tournament will be all 23-members' first international experience. The Under-17 Team will also compete in the Under-17 Four Nations tournament in Kazan, Russia in December and the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Tula, Russia in February.
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP
U17 forward Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season Saturday (Oct. 26) night in overtime to give the U17s its third consecutive win. The University of Minnesota commit has averaged over a goal-per-game for the team and has added two assists in USHL play.
|Date||Opponent/Round||Time (Local/ET)/Result||Live Stream/Stats|
|Thurs., Oct. 31||Canada Red (Pre-Tournament)||SOW, 7-6||Stats|
|Sun., Nov. 3||Czech Republic (Preliminary)||W, 10-1||Stats|
|Mon., Nov. 4||Canada White (Preliminary)||W, 6-4||Stats|
|Tues., Nov. 5||Canada Black (Preliminary)||OTL, 4-5||Stats|
|Thurs., Nov. 7||Finland (Quarterfinal)||W, 8-4||Stats|
|Fri., Nov. 8||Canada White (Semifinal)||W, 7-3||Stats|
|Sat., Nov. 9||Russia (Championship)||L, 2-6||Stats|