A couple of Kelowna Rockets are getting the chance to represent their country.
Forward Andrew Cristall and defenceman Caden Price will be playing for Hockey Canada at the U18 World Championships in Switzerland next week.
Andrew Cristall and Caden Price will wear the Maple Leaf with @HockeyCanada's National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2023 IIHF U18 World Championship.
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) April 15, 2023
Cristall led the Rockets last season with 95 points (39 goals, 56 assists) in 54 games this season while Price led all Rockets defenceman with 40 points (five goals, 35 assists) in 65 games.
According to the latest NHL Draft Rankings, Cristall is listed 16th and Price is listed 30th. Cristall, from Burnaby, is a projected first-rounder in the upcoming NHL Draft. Price, who’s ranked the sixth-best defenceman on the list, is projected as a late first to early second-round draft choice.
The Rockets were bounced by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Cristall, Price and the rest of Hockey Canada open the tournament on Thursday, April 20 against Sweden.
2⃣2⃣ players have been named to the 🇨🇦 roster for #U18Worlds.
2⃣2⃣ joueurs ont été nommés à la formation du 🇨🇦 pour le #MondialM18.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) April 15, 2023
The tournament schedule can be found on Hockey Canada’s website.