U18 World Championships ends for Mooseheads players

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The IIHF U18 World Hockey Championships have come to an end for the participating players from the Halifax Mooseheads organization as Team Canada featuring Jared McIsaac, Jocktan Chainey and Alex Gravel was eliminated by Sweden in the Quarter-Finals while Nico Hischier and Switzerland got knocked out by the Americans.

Hischier lived up to expectations with a six-point tournament (one goal, five assists), and was named one of Switzerland’s three best players. USA scored two late goals in the third period to defeat the Swiss 4-2 in Thursday’s Quarter-Final. The Mooseheads star forward is the second overall ranked skater by NHL Central Scouting heading into June’s NHL Entry Draft in Chicago. He will not suit up for Switzerland in the IIHF Men’s World Championship due to the fact he’s played a lot of hockey over the course of the season.

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Nico Hischier celebrates his goal vs USA

Earlier in the day, Canada dropped a 7-2 decision to Sweden as their tournament came to an end. Defenceman Jocktan Chainey may have raised his stock for the NHL Draft with an excellent showing in Slovakia where he led Canada with four assists and was the second highest scoring blueliner in the event. Chainey is the 126th ranked skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Underage defenceman Jared McIsaac proved he remains on track for a bright future in a Canada uniform. The Mooseheads rookie logged plenty of minutes and was a key player on Canada’s power play unit throughout the tournament. McIsaac picked up a pair of assists in five games played. Alex Gravel added to his international tournament experience by serving as the third string goaltender. Hockey Canada sees the Mooseheads rookie as a goalie of the future in IIHF competition.

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