KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced today that 17-year-old center, Michael Rasmussen, has been named to the 2016 Canadian U-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 10-15 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
“This is a tremendous opportunity and accomplishment for Michael,” said Tory. “Michael established himself as an elite player with our hockey club last season as a 16-year-old and took on leadership responsibilities along the way. We wish him all the best in his quest to play for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.”
Rasmussen, a 6’5”, 200-lb center from Surrey, BC, just finished his rookie WHL season with the Americans. He played in 63 games, scored 18 goals, and totaled 43 points. Rasmussen formerly played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy from which he was drafted in the 1st Round (7th overall) by Tri-City in the 2014 Bantam Draft.
The 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. With a first-place victory over Sweden in the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Canada has won eight straight Hlinka Memorial Cups.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is an annual event held each August for national under-18 teams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007, three years after his passing.
Season memberships are currently on sale for the 2016-17 WHL season. For more information contact the Americans the Americans office at (509) 736-0606 or visit AmsHockey.com.