World Under-18 Championships feature several USPHL players, alumni
By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
The IIHF World Under-18 Championships are currently underway for the top division, which features the traditional world hockey powers including the U.S., Canada, Russia et al.
That tournament, as well as some of the completed tournaments at other divisions, has featured several United States Premier Hockey League players representing their countries. The USPHL congratulates all of these players for being selected to represent their native countries.
Dominick Fensore - Played for the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 16U (2016-17); also played for current Eastern Hockey Federation members the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers in his youth hockey career; committed to Boston University for 2019-20; has two assists through the first three Round Robin games; helping Team USA to a 3-0 record early on in the Round Robin; this is Fensore’s second time representing the U.S. in an international championship tournament, also having played in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Sean Farrell- Played for the Boston Junior Bruins 16U (2015-16); committed to Harvard University for 2019-20; has one assist through the first three Round Robin games; this is his second time representing the U.S. in an international championship tournament, also having played in the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Team USA also has players who competed in the past for current EHF Selects Division members, including goalie Spencer Knight and Trevor Zegras(Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers); Matthew Boldy and Matty Beniers(Cape Cod Whalers); Zegras also played for current EHF member the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers in his youth days; Boldy also played youth hockey in the Boston Jr. Eagles organization.
Lukas Skvarek- Played this past season with the Springfield Jr. Pics 18U team; was a USPHL 18U All-Star Game selection; did not score a point through three Round Robin games.
Artur Turansky- Played this past season with the South Kent Selects Academy 18U team, helping them to win the USPHL 18U Division and subsequently the USA Hockey Tier 1 18U National Championship; had three assists through four Round Robin games; for both Turansky and Skvarek, it was their first time representing Slovakia in an IIHF tournament.
Additionally, Slovakia’s Jan Lasak previously played for incoming USPHL 18U and 16U member organization the South Florida Hockey Academy, playing mostly for their 16U team the past two seasons, including games that were part of the USPHL Showcase Series.
Belarus, another team from the top World Under-18’s Division, features Ignat Belov, who played for the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 16U team in 2017-18. He helped Belarus to a 2-1-0-1 record in the Round Robin.
Vladislav Saiko- Played seven games with the New Jersey Rockets’ NCDC team this past season, registering one assist. Helped Kazakhstan to the Silver Medal in the Division 1 Group A tournament, just missing out on a promotion to next year’s top division (won by Gold Medalist Germany). Scored three goals and three assists for six points through five tournament games.
Andriiy Yevtukhov - Played this past season for the Springfield Jr. Pics’ 16U team, scoring 30 points through 28 USPHL games; he did not register a point in five games for Team Ukraine; also represented Ukraine last fall in the World Under-20 Championships, all while being an ‘03-born player.
Mason Alderson- Played this past season for the Islanders Hockey Club in the NCDC, skating in 31 games and posting eight points; was the Captain for Team Great Britain at the World Under-18’s, and also the third-leading scorer with five points through five games; Also represented Great Britain this past winter in the World Under-20 Championships.
Martynas Miliunas- Played for the Potomac Patriots, skating in 38 USPHL Premier games and two USPHL Elite games this past season; helped Lithuania to the Division 2 Group A Silver medal, going 4-1 in the tournament, its only loss coming to Gold Medalist Poland; scored one goal in the five-game tournament; also represented Lithuania at the World Under-20 Championships last winter.
Jay de Ruiter- Played this past season for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers 18U team, scoring seven points in 13 USPHL games; was the leading scorer for Team Netherlands at the World Under-18’s Division 2B tournament, with eight points in five games, also good for fifth overall in the tournament; helped Netherlands capture the Bronze Medal, and go 3-1-1-0; also represented the Netherlands at the World Under-20 Championships last winter.