Despite an opening game loss to Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Team USA forward Jack Eichel's first U18 game was a memorable one. After all, how many 16-year-old's can say that they played their first U18 WJC game in front of a packed house that included the president from the host country?
Eichel got his team off on the right foot, scoring the first goal of the game just 2:34 into the opening stanza. But Russia would eventually prevail, taking a 4-3 win in this tight opening contest.
The Chelmsford, MA native spent most of the 2012-13 season playing for the U.S. NTDP squad that competes in the USHL. In 35 games for that team, Eichel scored 13 goals and chipped in 14 assists for 27 points.
Eichel spoke with Hockey's Future after the loss to Russia.
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