MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The U.S. National Under-17 Team faces-off against the Czech Republic for its first preliminary-round game today (Nov. 3) at 3 p.m. MT/5 p.m. ET at the Canalta Center.
USA vs CZECH REPUBLIC HISTORY
The U.S. split a pair of games with the Czech Republic in last year’s tournament. They defeated the Czech Republic in their first preliminary round game, 5-1 before falling to them in their placement game, 2-1.
This will be the U.S. and Czech Republic’s 11th meeting in the tournament. The U.S. holds an 8-1-0-2 record (W-OTW-OTL-L).
CANADA RED RECAP
The U.S. defeated Canada Red in its lone pre-tournament game at the U17 challenge on Thursday (Oct. 31) in a shootout, 7-6. Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) Netted the shootout-winner.
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 22-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.
|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|