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Compete against players from all over the planet at the World Selects tournament series! It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Join Dream Big Hockey, make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2007 Dream Big Hockey WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: May 7 - May 15, 2022

2009 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: April 30 - May 8, 2022

2010 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: April 30 - May 8, 2022

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TOUR INFORMATION

2007 Dream Big Hockey WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: May 7 - May 15, 2022

2009 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: April 30 - May 8, 2022

2010 Dream Big Hockey WST
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: April 30 - May 8, 2022

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TOUR INFORMATION

2008 Gelstx Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

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TOUR INFORMATION

2008 Gelstx Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

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A Breakdown of the International Players Bound for the CHL in 2021-22

Since its inception in 1992, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft has served as a way for the three major junior leagues to manage international talent entering their storied franchises. 

The 30th edition of the Import Draft featured 57 CHL clubs participating; all 22 of the Western Hockey League (WHL), 18 of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and 17 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Only the Halifax Mooseheads, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Mississauga Steelheads opted to pass, as they retained both of their previous import draft choices.

The CHL clubs traveled the globe for their selections; a breakdown by countries of origin paints a very diverse picture of a talent pool.

What may garner some eyeballs is how quickly Latvia and Ukraine appeared on the draft board – No. 1 and No. 3, to be exact.

Fitting surprises for the strange situation that was this year’s Import Draft, as it took place before the NHL Entry Draft, not afterward like usual. Normally, the Import Draft is filled with recent NHL draftees who make the decision with their new parent organization to come to the CHL in order to acclimate with the North American game immediately.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 players, normally all a safe bet to appear in the CHL the following season (there’s already one exception, which is noted below):

No. 10 – Louis Robin – Forward – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

Rounding out the top ten was the first Swiss player selected in the CHL Import Draft, as the Rimouski Oceanic selected right winger Louis Robin. A 2003 birth-year skater, he went undrafted this summer by NHL clubs, but after racking up 51 points and 81 penalty minutes in 45 games with Zug of the U20 Elit league in his native Switzerland, the Oceanic must like what they saw. He has been with Zug for the last three seasons; before that, Robin skated in the Lausanne organization from 2014-18. Robin wore an “A” for his Swiss club at the Under-18 Worlds this past spring, recording two points in three games. 

No. 9 – Filip Mesar – Forward – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

The Kitchener Rangers opted for Slovakian forward Filip Mesar, a 2004 birth-year winger who is considered a possible first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. At 5-foot-10, he won’t be an intimidating presence, but those 41 points in 33 games with his HK Poprad U20 team in 2019-2020, and 14 in 36 against professionals a year later looks appealing to any franchise. As it stands now, however, Mesar is not on the Rangers’ preseason roster; perhaps another season of pro hockey in his home country will be Mesar’s preferred route leading into the NHL Draft.

No. 8 – Jesper Vikman – Goaltender – Vancouver Giants (WHL)

The first of five Swedish products was selected at No. 8, as Jesper Vikman was claimed by the Giants to make it back-to-back net minders in the import draft. Vikman is older than most of the prospects selected, as he is a 2002 birth-year goaltender who was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2020 (fifth round, 125th overall). Elite Prospects lists him as a dual citizen between Sweden and Finland, but he has spent the majority of his days skating with the AIK club in Stockholm. While the Giants haven’t released a preseason roster to date, Vikman has been skating with the team and he told members of the media that he’s excited to be in Vancouver.

No. 7 – Ivan Zhigalov – Goaltender – Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

The first goaltender selected was the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder Ivan Zhigalov, who hails from Minsk, Belarus. He caught some scouts’ eyes at the U18 Worlds but went undrafted in the NHL selection process. This will be his first taste of North American hockey, after Zhigalov rose through the ranks with Dynamo Moscow

No. 6 – Kirill Kudryavtsev – Defense – Soo Greyhounds (OHL)

Another ’04 birth-year defenseman, Kirill Kudryavtsev was the first Russian product taken in the 2021 CHL Import Draft. A native of Yaroslavl, Kudryavstev has been playing for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl through his formative years, playing in the top U20 league in Eurasia in 2020-21. He’s been a key piece of a Russian club that has dominated in prestigious international tournaments, helping his country to gold at the Youth Olympic Games with four points in four games, and then gold again at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with two points and a plus-5 rating.

No. 5 – Rayan Bettahar – Defense – Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

This one’s definitely coming across the pond. Rayan Bettahar, a prospect eligible for the 2022 Draft, is a 2004-birth year defenseman who is listed as a native of Germany on the CHL site, but a dual citizen with Poland, citing a hometown of Nowy Targ on EP. He racked up 29 penalty minutes in three games at the U18 Worlds, so the Broncos know they’re getting somebody who won’t be afraid of fighting some battles in front of the crease and in the corners. Bettahar has been playing for Jungadler Mannheim of the Germany U17 league for three seasons, while getting the call up to the U20 team on occasion.

No. 4 – Simon Nemec – Defense – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

In the weird world of 2021, it looks like the No. 4 overall pick in the CHL Import Draft may not be coming to North America. Cape Breton took a chance on defenseman Simon Nemec of Slovakia, but he doesn’t appear on their preseason roster. It was certainly worth the risk, as Nemec is rated the No. 3 overall prospect in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft in Elite Prospects’ consolidated rankings system. The 6-foot-1 native of Liptovsky Mikulas appears to be playing another season with HK Nitra back home. He wore the ‘C’ for Slovakia at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer, recording six points in five games from the backend.

No. 3 – Artur Cholach – Defense – Barrie Colts (OHL)

Selected in the NHL Draft shortly after the CHL edition, Artur Cholach became the first Ukrainian to be selected by an NHL club since 2007. A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Cholach played with Sokol Kyiv of the Ukrainian Professional Hockey League in 2020-21, playing an increased role in the playoffs (he recorded a pair of goals in nine games). This won’t be his first time playing North American hockey, as Cholach came to the United States to play with the New Jersey Jr. Titans of the NAPHL and AYHL in 2019-2020. Before that, he skated for CSKA Moscow of the Russia 16U junior league, while being called up for a few games at the 18U level with the same club. His 6-foot-4, 201-pound frame made him an appealing late-round choice for the Vegas Golden Knights, who selected him in the sixth round this summer.

No. 2 – Niko Huuhtanen – Forward – Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Niko Huuhtanen, a native of Helsinki, Finland, heard his name called twice this summer, first by the WHL’s Everett Silvertips at No. 2 overall, and then, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round of the 2021 NHL Draft. After playing many of his formative years with the Espoo Blues organization, this past season Huuhtanen suited up for Tappara U20 in the SM-Sarja — Finland’s top Under-20 league — where he posted 34 points in 37 games, along with 73 penalty minutes. In the 2021 Under-18 Worlds, he recorded two goals and three assists, along with a plus-3 rating, for Finland in seven games.

No. 1 – Niks Fenenko – Defense – Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Baie-Comeau selected Niks Fenenko with the first overall pick of this summer’s selection process, a notable pick as there hasn’t been much talk about the 2004 birth-year defenseman out of Latvia. Fenenko, a 6-foot-1 left-handed blue-liner, has been playing for HS Riga, his hometown club, in the top-tier Latvian league. He skated for Latvia at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship this past spring, finishing with a minus-3 rating in four games. Before his time with Riga, Fenenko spent two seasons playing in the Latvia U17 league with HK Pirati, playing up multiple age groups.

The CHL is still widely considered the top developmental league for junior hockey players around the world. More than 1,100 active professional players first competed in one of the CHL’s three subsidiary leagues before being drafted into the NHL. It routinely bridges the gap between youth hockey and college/professional hockey for hundreds of players each year, and the season is set to start next month.

World Hockey Hub continues to monitor and track top youth hockey athletes as they climb the hockey ladder to higher levels of competition. For more from WHH, follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2007 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 5, 2022

2008 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2009 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: May 6 - May 15, 2022

2010 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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2007 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 5, 2022

2008 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2009 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: May 6 - May 15, 2022

2010 Exposure Hockey WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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Compete against the best youth hockey players on the planet at the World Selects Invitational! It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Join TPH Selects, make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players on the planet at the World Selects Invitational! It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Join TPH Selects, make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2007 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2009 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: May 6 - May 15, 2022

2010 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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TOUR INFORMATION

2007 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: May 6 - 15, 2022

2009 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2010 TPH Selects WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players on the planet at the World Selects Invitational! It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Join NorthStar Elite, make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

The 2007 NorthStar Elite team poses for a championship picture on the ice at the 2021 Mini-Chowder Cup.

WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players on the planet at the World Selects Invitational! It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Join NorthStar Elite, make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2007 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2009 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: May 6 - May 15, 2022

2010 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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TOUR INFORMATION

2007 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Dates: May 1 - 7, 2022

2008 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: May 6 - 15, 2022

2009 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Chamonix, France
Dates: April 29 - May 8, 2022

2010 NorthStar Elite WSI
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Dates: April 22 - May 1, 2022

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players at the 12U age group in Bolzano, Italy! The World Selects tournament series is the premier hockey experience, hosting some of the top teams and players at the 2010-birth year. It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players at the 12U age group in Bolzano, Italy! The World Selects tournament series is the premier hockey experience, hosting some of the top teams and players at the 2010-birth year. It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHO: 2010-birth year teams
WHAT: Five-game guarantee against elite-level competition
WHEN: April 26 - May 30, 2022
WHERE: Bolzano, Italy

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TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHO: 2010-birth year teams
WHAT: Five-game guarantee against elite-level competition
WHEN: April 26 - May 30, 2022
WHERE: Bolzano, Italy

PAST CHAMPIONS

2021 No Champion
2020 No Champion
2019 Pro Hockey
2018 CSKA Moscow
2017 Dynamo Moscow
2016 Pro Hockey
2015 Pro Hockey
2014 Dynamo Moscow
2013 Finland Selects
2012 Ak Bars
2011 CSKA Moscow
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PAST CHAMPIONS

2021 No Champion
2020 No Champion
2019 Pro Hockey
2018 CSKA Moscow
2017 Dynamo Moscow
2016 Pro Hockey
2015 Pro Hockey
2014 Dynamo Moscow
2013 Finland Selects
2012 Ak Bars
2011 CSKA Moscow

ALL-TIME LEADERS

30 Jack Devine 2015
28 Matthew Savoie 2016
27 Ivan Miroshnichenko 2016
22 Ryan Roobroeck 2019
22 Shane Wright 2016
21 Dylan Duke 2015
21 Zack Stringer 2015
20 Francesco Arcuri 2015
19 Ryan Humphrey 2015
19 Noah Serdachny 2015
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ALL-TIME LEADERS

30 Jack Devine 2015
28 Matthew Savoie 2016
27 Ivan Miroshnichenko 2016
22 Ryan Roobroeck 2019
22 Shane Wright 2016
21 Dylan Duke 2015
21 Zack Stringer 2015
20 Francesco Arcuri 2015
19 Ryan Humphrey 2015
19 Noah Serdachny 2015

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players at the 14U age group in Bolzano, Italy! The World Selects tournament series is the premier hockey experience, hosting some of the top teams and players at the 2008-birth year. It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

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WORLD SELECTS INVITATIONAL

Compete against the best youth hockey players at the 14U age group in Bolzano, Italy! The World Selects tournament series is the premier hockey experience, hosting some of the top teams and players at the 2008-birth year. It's world-class competition with a first-class travel experience. Make lasting memories and lifelong friends in an environment unlike any other in youth sports.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHO: 2008-birth year teams
WHAT: Five-game guarantee against elite-level competition
WHEN: May 3 - 7, 2022
WHERE: Bolzano, Italy

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TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHO: 2008-birth year teams
WHAT: Five-game guarantee against elite-level competition
WHEN: May 3 - 7, 2022
WHERE: Bolzano, Italy

ALL-TIME LEADERS

26 Aleksi Saarela 2011
24 Ilya Ivantsov 2017
23 Jesse Nurmi 2019
22 Vasiliy Ponomarev 2016
22 Hugo Leufvenius 2013
21 Aron Kiviharju 2019
21 Senna Peeters 2016
20 Emil Kuusla 2019
20 Vitaly Abramov 2012
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ALL-TIME LEADERS

26 Aleksi Saarela 2011
24 Ilya Ivantsov 2017
23 Jesse Nurmi 2019
22 Vasiliy Ponomarev 2016
22 Hugo Leufvenius 2013
21 Aron Kiviharju 2019
21 Senna Peeters 2016
20 Emil Kuusla 2019
20 Vitaly Abramov 2012

PAST CHAMPIONS

2021 No Champion
2020 No Champion
2019 East Coast Selects
2018 DraftDay
2017 RUSS Moscow
2016 Finland Selects
2015 Czech Selects
2014 Ak Bars
2013 Sweden Selects
2012 SKA Silver Lions
2011 Czech Selects
2010 Wave Jr. Cougars
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PAST CHAMPIONS

2021 No Champion
2020 No Champion
2019 East Coast Selects
2018 DraftDay
2017 RUSS Moscow
2016 Finland Selects
2015 Czech Selects
2014 Ak Bars
2013 Sweden Selects
2012 SKA Silver Lions
2011 Czech Selects
2010 Wave Jr. Cougars

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Mark Your Calendars For The Biggest Events of the “Offseason”

Let’s be honest, hockey season never ends. Critics will point to burnout and the negative impact of specialization in sports. Advocates will say that kids are constantly looking to get better and improve their game. Pros, cons, positives, negatives, good, bad and ugly. Wherever you’re at on the spectrum regarding spring and summer hockey, it really boils down to a personal preference and what’s best for each individual.

For the hockey hungry, puck crazy athletes and families, WHH has compiled a calendar of some of the best spring and summer hockey tournaments in the world. From breath-taking destinations to elite-level exposure, this list of 10 events has something for everyone in youth hockey. 

10 World Hockey Championships 

(Philadelphia, USA) A new event in 2021, it has drawn the interest of some very strong North American spring selects teams. Operated by the team at Play Hockey, and is one-of-30 tournaments run by the organization. This year’s event is slated to feature teams at the 2004, 2005 and 2006-birth years in June and July with a five-game guarantee. There are currently 63 North American teams registered across all three age groups.

9 Atlantic International Trophy 

(Exeter, New Hampshire) The Atlantic International Trophy (AIT) is an up-and-coming event that prides itself on attracting a diverse pool of teams greater than your average summer showcase. Slated for the second weekend in July, the AIT will feature an ‘04-05 combined division as well as ‘06 and ‘07 divisions, with teams from the U.S., Canada and Europe on the invite list. This New England city won’t disappoint either, with plenty of tourist attractions in the area.

8 Finland Lions Cup

(Finland) The Finland Lions Cup was a European summer event before the idea of summer events in Europe ever existed. Run by Pelimatkat, the event operates like a well-oiled machine with good competition that attracts a nice mix of Scandinavian and Russian teams each year. North American teams would be considered a novelty, and any organization willing to travel would be treated like royalty, welcomed with open arms. The event is held in the middle of the summer camp season, providing a tournament-camp combo option for those interested as well.

7 Chowder Cup

(Foxboro, Massachusetts) An iconic East Coast event nestled in the New England hockey hotbed of Massachusetts. If bigger is better, then there are few events that would top the Chowder Cup in size. Multiple age groups competing over multiple weekends spread out over a large geographical region. The talent level varies from super selects AAA all-star teams to AA-level teams that all compete in one open division.   

6 Eurofest Summer Hockey Festival

(Europe, various locations) DraftDay and World Hockey Group – Europe teamed up to present the Eurofest Summer Festival. The event caters to a broad audience of AAA-level talent and hosts six different birth years on three different weekends in three different European destinations. Prague, Reykjavik and Stockholm are the host cities for 202. Attendees are treated to opening ceremonies and exclusive player parties with a festive atmosphere. It feels more like a play-cation combining beautiful locations with great competition for an unforgettable experience. 

5 Draft Day International Prospects Showcase 

(Oakville, Ontario) The International Prospects Showcase is a relatively new offering but the team at DraftDay has a deep history of success in the youth hockey space. This event is geared towards the best of the best in North America, highlighted by the top-tier local players from Ontario. It has grown wildly in popularity since its inception and pending the lift of COVID restrictions in Canada, should quickly return as a must-attend event.

4 Triple Crown

(Various locations) A series of three events in Montreal, Nashville and Chicago, the Triple Crown by SuperSeries targets the upper echelon of AAA players in North America. The competition level is consistent and strong, and the events run extremely smoothly. The focus here is on the best possible players and it shows, as SuperSeries do a nice job of selecting desirable locations and spots in the events are highly sought after.

3 Montreal Meltdown

(Montreal, Quebec) Loved as much for the location as the hockey event itself. Montreal is a manageable drive from the Eastern U.S. border states, which provides a truly international and timeless feel to the event. It has a level of consistency that reeks of professionalism and win or lose, teams leave feeling like they had a great weekend. The pool of teams is primarily regional to Eastern Canada and New England, with plenty of competition levels and age groups for everyone. 

2 The Brick Invitational

(Edmonton, Alberta) One of the most prestigious events in all of youth hockey. Not only is it hosted in the unique venue of the West Edmonton Mall, it has featured the likes of more than 200 current and former NHL players when they competed at the 10U age level. From the TV broadcast, to the fans hanging over the glass, the environment of the week-long tournament is unparalleled in youth sports and arguably the most coveted roster invite in hockey.

1 World Selects Trophy 

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(Various locations) The Granddaddy of all spring and summer events. It has it all, uber-elite talent levels, multiple age groups, amazing venues, breath-taking locations and truly the most international event of its kind. Participants from Russia, Europe, Scandinavia and North America competing in cities like Prague, Bolzano, Stockholm and Mont Blanc. There’s just as much for the parents to enjoy in terms of sightseeing as for the players competing on the ice. The North American event — hosted in Nashville, Tennessee — is the pinnacle of this tournament series, with top 15U selects teams from around the world all in one location for junior and professional scouts to see first-hand. Hundreds of current NHL players and more than 1,000 NCAA athletes have competed in this tournament series from both the boys and girls events. The combination of competition, culture, travel and experience is unparalleled by any one event on the hockey calendar.

Want more from the world of youth hockey? We’ve got more than 80 different upcoming tournaments and events HERE, or you can text us at 603-541-7772 for monthly alerts!

Top Youth Hockey Players In The Alps Region of Central Europe

The National Hockey League is composed of the best hockey players on the planet. There are nearly 800 athletes from 21 different countries competing in the 2021 season. The world of youth hockey is a reflection of the professional landscape, I mean after all, even Connor McDavid got his start playing Mite hockey somewhere.

Youth hockey is filled with top talent from a wide range of countries and regions across the globe, and the team at World Hockey Hub is watching closely. We are constantly looking to identify the biggest up-and-coming names in the sport. Want to catch your first glimpse of a soon-to-be household name? Watch U15 highlights of a future first-round draft pick? Check out a team with a fistful of future pros on the roster? WHH features the absolute best in youth hockey today.

Native region of Swiss defenseman Roman Josi and French forward Alexandre Texier, The Alps has quietly produced 17 players currently rostered in the NHL this season. It spans from eastern France through Switzerland and the northern part of Italy, and into Austria. 

Not typically considered a hotbed, yet some of the best athletes in youth hockey regularly frequent the region for the most competitive international tournaments in existence. Chamonix, France, and Bolzano, Italy, have served as host cities of the U12, U13 and U14 World Selects Trophy (WST) tournament series for nearly a decade.

The team at WHH has identified some of the top players in the region at the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 age groups.

2004s

ALESSIO BEGLIERI: A goaltender out of Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, Beglieri currently plays U20-Elite in the Swiss League. He has represented Team Swiss on three different occasions, twice for the U16 team at World Juniors and the Youth Olympic Games as well as the U17 team at World Juniors. 

TOMMASO De LUCA: He’s a 5-foot-11 forward out of Aosta, Italy, whose spent the last five seasons playing in Swiss leagues. In 33 games for Ambri-Piotta U20, De Luca has 12 goals and 23 points.

2005s

DAMIAN CLARA: A native of Brunico, Italy, Clara is a big goaltender who takes up a lot of net. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, he’s spent the 2020-21 season split between U18 RB Hockey Academy and U20 EC Salzburg in Austria. 

TOMMASO MADASCHI: Currently playing for U17 Biel-Bienne Madaschi is a native of Torino, Italy. In his first full season of junior hockey, he has scored five goals and six points in 12 games.

COLIN LINDEMANN: The 15-year-old left-hander played a portion of the 2020-21 season in Sweden while skating for Leksands IF. Currently with Zug U17 in Switzerland, Lindemann has scored a total of seven goals and 11 points in 14 games this season.

2006s

WILLIAM RAIS: A 14-year-old currently playing junior hockey for ZSC U17s in the Elite League, Rais is one of the top young prospects in all of Switzerland.

JUAN-ESTEBAN BARRAUD: Also playing at the U17 level, Barraud has scored seven goals and nine points in 26 games this season. The lone defenseman on the list for his play-making ability and puck skills.

2007s

FLORIAN SCHENK: In his first season at the U15 level, Schenk scored 14 goals and 24 points in 26 games. He’s competed on an international level at both the 2019 WST and the Pee-Wee Quebec in ‘19 and ‘20. Schenk led his team in scoring in all three tournament appearances.

JEREMIAH MUNDY: He’s young at just 13-years-old, but Mundy is already 6-foot and competing at the U17-Elite level for Davos in Switzerland. He has plenty of intangibles to develop into a dominant forward.

JUSTIN ALLAIRE: A one-time teammate of both Schenk and Mundy at the 2019 U12 WST for Alps Selects, Allaire is a great contributor offensively. From Bern, Switzerland, he will certainly be one to keep in mind as this birth year climbs through the youth hockey ranks.

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