Team USA has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after taking a quarterfinal match from the Czech Republic, 7-2. Fourteen players chipped in on offense for the U.S. in that game, including six players registering two points apiece.
The U.S. will take on Canada in the U18 semifinals, a game that some consider to be the gold medal game.
As with most recent U.S. squads competing at the U18, this year’s team is dominated by players that are a part of the U.S. National Team Development Program. All but one player on this year’s squad competes for the NTDP, including defenseman Nick Boka and forward Brendan Warren.
Boka has contributed a bit of offense at this U18, picking up a goal and an assist, but his main contributions have come on the defensive side of the ledger. Warren, meanwhile, has chipped in on the offense, scoring two goals and two assists while putting 11 shots on goal.
Both players are eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting has Warren ranked 66th in their final rankings, while Boka comes in at #117.
Hockey’s Future caught up with Boka and Warren after the win over the Czech Republic, conversations that are captured in this HF video.
Lots to like from USA’s Brendan Warren – high paced always driving forward and attacking seams…effective shooter #2015NHLDraft
— Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) April 16, 2015
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