Good news for Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk on Monday as he got through the final round of cuts to make Hockey Canada's National Summer Under-18 team.
Klimchuk grabbed a spot on the 22-man roster in a camp of 40 of the top players around the country. Team Canada heads to Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament coming up August 13th and running through August 18th.
It has been a good month for Klimchuk as he was mentioned on the Central Scouting Service's "A-List" at the beginning of July, labeling him as a player to watch for the upcoming NHL Draft. A strong summer is always key for a draft eligible player and heading to the Ivan Hlinka tournament will give Klimchuk a chance to build momentum heading into Pats Training Camp at the end of August and into the pre-season.
Expectations are high for the Calgary native after he totaled 36 points (18G, 18A) in his first full WHL campaign. Along with Chandler Stephenson, Klimchuk will have to handle a lot more offensive responsibility and pressure, not to mention high draft expectations through the year.
The Ivan Hlinka Tournament represents a great opportunity for Klimchuk to start off what could be a very special year for the Pats forward. It will be great to see him don the Maple Leaf in search of a Gold Medal.
For more on Morgan Klimchuk joining team Canada's Summer U18 team, check out ReginaPats.com.