8 CHL Players Earn Medals at 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship

(Photo Credit: Rasanen – Aaron Bell/OHL Images / Rubinchik – Steve Hiscock)

Eight CHL players have earned medals at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia.

Draft eligible talents Linus Nyman and Eemeli Rasanen of the Kingston Frontenacs claimed Silver with Finland following a 4-2 loss at the hands of the United States in Sunday’s Gold Medal Game.

The Gold finish is the third in the past four years for the United States.

Rasanen, who competed in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this past January, scored a goal in the loss as Finland earned a spot on the podium for a third straight year.

Six CHL players captured Bronze with Russia in a 3-0 blanking of Sweden.

Defenceman Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) and forward Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs) both provided goals for the Russians who outshot Sweden 30-21 in the Bronze Medal Game while Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) collected an assist.

Chehkovich was the lone CHL player in the event named to the tournament all-star team as selected by members of the media while defenceman Mark Rubinchik (Saskatoon Blades) was named one of Russia’s top three players in the tournament.

The Bronze is Russia’s first medal at the event since 2011.

A total of 39 CHL players competed in the annual event including 22 who competed for Canada in a fifth place finish following a quarterfinal loss to Sweden.

MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) led Canada in scoring with seven points (4-3–7) over five games. He, fellow forward Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) and blueliner Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) were chosen as Canada’s top three players in the tournament by head coach Darren Rumble (Moncton Wildcats) and his staff.

The 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship will take place in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.



FINLAND (Silver Medalists):
Linus Nyman (Kingston Frontenacs) – 6GP, 3-2–5
Eemeli Rasanen (Kingston Frontenacs) – 6GP, 1-0–1

RUSSIA (Bronze Medalists):
Yaroslav Alexeyev (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – 7GP, 0-0–0
Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – 7GP, 5-4–9
Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – 7GP, 1-3–4
Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs) – 7GP, 3-0–3
Mark Rubinchik (Saskatoon Blades) – 7GP, 2-4–6*
Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) – 7GP, 1-4–5

CANADA (5th Place):
Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves) – 2GP, 0-1, 2.32 GAA, .916 SV%
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) – 4GP, 2-2, 4.02 GAA, .861 SV%

Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 5GP, 0-2–2
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads) – 5GP, 0-4–4
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) – 5GP, 0-2–2
David Noel (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – 4GP, 0-0–0
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) – 5GP, 0-1–1
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 5GP, 1-1–2*

Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) – 5GP, 0-0–0
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) – 5GP, 2-0–2
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds) – 5GP, 0-0–0
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 5GP, 4-3–7*
Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks) – 3GP, 2-1–3
Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm) – 5GP, 0-0–0
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 5GP, 4-0–4*
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans) – 5GP, 2-1–3
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) – 5GP 2-0–2
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm) – 5GP, 0-1–1
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 5GP, 1-2–3
Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) – 3GP, 3-0–3
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) – 5GP, 0-0–0

SLOVAKIA (6th Place):
Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting) – 5GP, 2-3–5

Daniel Bukac (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 1GP, 1-0–1
Ondrej Machala (Niagara IceDogs) – 5GP, 2-1–3

SWITZERLAND (8th Place):
Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads) – 5GP, 1-5–6*
Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts) – 5GP, 3-1–4
Simon Le Coultre (Moncton Wildcats) – 5GP, 0-2–2*
Axel Simic (Moncton Wildcats) – 5GP, 0-0–0

BELARUS (9th Place):
Artyom Baltruk (Edmonton Oil Kings) – 7GP, 2-2–4
Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary Hitmen) – 7GP, 2-2–4*

*- Named one of team’s top three players as chosen by coaching staff


For more information on the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship, please visit or

More News
123 CHL Players to Watch for 2020 NHL Draft
12 hours ago
CHL Player of the Night - Connor Zary (Nov. 20)
20 hours ago
Kia CHL Top-10 Spotlight: Guelph Storm
1 day ago
First Career NHL Goal scored by Morgan Frost
1 day ago
Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 10
1 day ago
The CHL Week That Was: Nov 11-17
2 days ago