Michael has worn his Country’s colours before, but for him it never gets old.
“Any time you get the chance to play for your country and wear the maple leaf on your jersey it’s an honour,” said Michael. “It is a surreal feeling.”
As a member of Team Canada for the 2019 Men’s U18 World Championship, Michael is excited for the tournament and is looking forward to representing the Kitchener Rangers on a world stage.
Twenty-three players gathered in Finland for training camp prior to U18 worlds, which starts today and goes until April 28th in Örnsköldsvik and Umeå, Sweden. Dave Tennant also represents the Rangers as the team’s Education Consultant.
Michael has been on the world stage before. He is among the eight players on this year’s national team who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Michael also competed at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
As someone who has experienced the thrill of bearing your Country’s flag before, the excitement could wear off—for Michael it always feels like the first time in red and white.
“I’ve been fortunate to have this opportunity before, but every new time is more special than the last,” smiled Michael. “Every young hockey player dreams of playing for Team Canada, and now that I am here, it’s time to work towards another world championship.”
The puck drops in Sweden for Michael and Team Canada today as they will take on Finland at 1:30pm ET. Canada closed out the pre-tournament undefeated in preparation for the World Championship.
“Playing in the exhibition games was a taste of what the tournament will be like,” said Michael. “Seeing the abilities our team has excites me to begin our quest for gold.”
Canada is set to take on Finland, Switzerland, Belarus and the Czech Republic in the preliminary round before the tournament wraps up on Sunday, April 28.
All of Team Canada’s games will be broadcast on TSN and RDS.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.