While forward Nick Schmaltz was the offensive sparkplug for Team USA's squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, big winger Paul Bittner was another forward who chipped in some offense for the tournament's silver medalists.
The Crookston, MN native appeared in all five games for the USA, scoring two goals and adding one assist for three points. Two of Bittner's three points came in the 5-2 win over Slovakia on Day 3 of the tournament.
Bittner played for the Portland Winterhawks in the 2012-13 season, his first in the WHL. In 45 games for that club, he scored 12 goals and chipped in 11 assists for 23 points. Bittner also played in 19 playoff games for the Winterhawks in their run to the Memorial Cup final, but he was held scoreless in those appearances.
Hockey's Future spoke with Bittner at the Ivan Hlinka, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.
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