Annual IIHF U18 Championship will take place in Texas from April 26 to May 6
KENT, April 1, 2021 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge today announced left wing Conner Roulette and goalie Thomas Milic have been selected by Hockey Canada for the Team Canada Under-18 team that will participate in the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship.
The 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship takes place from April 26 to May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas. Roulette and Milic will leave the T-Birds on April 11 to start a quarantine process before joining Team Canada. They will not return to the T-Birds this season.
“We’re proud of both Conner and Thomas on their selection to Team Canada,” said La Forge. “The selection of both Conner and Thomas is a credit to our coaching and development staffs which have both done a great job working with them. This tournament will be great for their hockey development and we look forward to watching them play.”
This season Roulette has four goals and two assists for six points in six games. Roulette is an ‘A’ rated skater by NHL Central Scouting for the 2021 NHL Draft.
Roulette was third on the team in scoring in his rookie season with the T-Birds in 2019-20. He had 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 54 games. In November of 2019 Roulette represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Red at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Roulette had two goals in four games for Team Red, which finished in fifth place at the tournament.
Milic is 3-2-0-0 this season with a .923 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average. He has one shutout.
Milic made his T-Birds debut on January 27, 2020, and had 23 saves to lead the T-Birds to a 4-2 win over the Regina Pats. Milic appeared in two games in 2019-20 with the T-Birds. He played 17 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in 2019-20 and had a 1.78 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.
Milic played for Team Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as a member of Team Canada Red. Milic finished the tournament with a 2-1-0 record and tournament leading .925 save percentage. Milic was second in goals against average with a mark of 2.53, just .01 behind first place Team Red teammate Jacob Goobie.
Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, Team Canada players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21.
Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland, and Belarus in preliminary-round action.
Since 2002, Canada has won three gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).