As pre-competition training camp and exhibition games begin in preparation for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, the Mississauga Steelheads will be well represented.
After representing Canada at last year’s tournament, Steelheads’ captain Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils, 2016) was again named to Canada’s preliminary roster. Hockey Canada’s selection camp will run Dec. 12 – 15 in St. Catharines, Ontario. While 32 players have been named to the preliminary roster, only 22 will ultimately have the chance to travel to Buffalo to represent Canada.
Joining McLeod in representing their home nation are Jacob Moverare (Sweden) and Albert Michnac (Czech Republic).
After being one of the last cuts from last year’s team, Moverare was named to Team Sweden’s preliminary roster on Wednesday morning. Moverare, a fourth round selection of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft will look to make his first World Junior Championships appearance when the tournament kicks off on December 26th. This season, Moverare has 20 points and has been a key contributor on the Steelheads’ blueline.
Albert Michnac (2018 NHL Draft Eligible) has put together a strong start to the season with the Steelheads and earned his position with the Czech Republic. The Prague, Czech Republic native was selected by the Steelheads in the 2017 CHL Import Draft and has led the team in scoring (34 points) through the first 28 games of the season.
The Steelheads expect all three players to make the final rosters of their respective teams and wish them all the best in the tournament.