What a tournament we’ve had! After the 2020 U18’s in Plymouth, Michigan was canceled, the hockey world found a way to get the 2021 event off the ground despite the global pandemic continuing to present issues. The biggest factor in getting the annual U18 tournament going was the fact that they had the foresight to move the event from Michigan to the state of Texas, where rules are, let’s say, more relaxed surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. So Frisco and Plano, here we come!
Now that we’ve taken care of the logistics of the event before we dive into the recap we should take a look at why the tournament was so adamantly put on. The IIHF World Under-18 Championship is one of, if not, the premier events for NHL scouts to see draft-eligible talent in a best-on-best competition against their own age group. It is an equalizer of sorts as players in Europe are often playing in men’s leagues such as the SHL and Liiga while most North American players play in junior leagues such as the CHL or USHL.
With so much uncertainty shrouding this year, the event was even more important as it is the …
Author: Tony Ferrari / The Leafs Nation