Hughes, Caufield set, tie U.S. scoring records at U18 Worlds
It has been a record-breaking and record-tying International Ice Hockey Federation World-Under 18 Championship for the U.S. team members Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield.
In a 6-0 win over Finland in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, on Thursday, Hughes – the consensus top overall pick of the NHL draft June 21-22 in Vancouver – had three goals and an assist to set the U.S. record for career points and also tie the U.S. record for points in a single tournament.
The U.S. advanced to the tournament’s semifinal round on Saturday with the victory over Finland.
Hughes leads all players in this year’s tournament with 16 points in five games. That tied Kessel’s U.S. single-tournament mark from 2005, when he had 16 points in six games.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know those numbers,” Hughes said on the ESPN website. "We're here for gold medals. I just try to produce to help my team win. I usually know those stats, but this tournament, I only have one thing on my mind.”
Caufield, also expected to be a high pick in the draft, set the U.S. record for goals in a single U18 World Championship in Tuesday’s 7-1 win over Latvia when he scored twice to give him a total of 11. Kessel and Brett Sterling held the previous record of nine goals.
“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Caufield said after the game on Tuesday. “Any time you get to break a record like that, it's special.”
Caufield ran his record total to 12 with a goal in Thursday’s win.
Both Hughes, who was born in Orlando, Fla., and Caufield, who is from Stevens Pointe, WI, played on the 18U team of the National Team Development Program, which is based at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth Township this past season. Caufield has committed to the University of Wisconsin for next season, while Hughes is expected to play in the NHL in 2019-20.