Sting’s Gaudreau named to Canadian U-18 team for world championship

Sarnia Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau. Ice Dogs vs Sting Nov 29 / 20. Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography.

Sarnia Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau is one of 25 players named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 team for the 2021 IIHF U-18 World Championship.

The tournament is scheduled for April 26 to May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The three goalies, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards were selected by Director of Player Personnel and former Sting General Manager Alan Millar.

Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting 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.

Canada will open the tournament against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, 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 three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).