Mantha, Bertuzzi to skate for Team Canada
Red Wings Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi will play for Canada in the International Hockey Federation World Championship May 10-26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.
Mantha, 24 and a right wing, had career highs with 25 goals and 48 points in 67 games this past season. Bertuzzi, also 24 and a left wing, had 21 goals and 47 points and was plus-11 in 73 games. He also had a stretch late in the season in which he became the first player in franchise history to have three points in each of four consecutive games.
Andreas Athanasiou was invited to join Team Canada but declined due to an injury.
Detroit defenseman Filip Hronek was named to the Czech Republic team for the second straight year. As a rookie, Hronek had five goals and 18 assists in 46 games with Detroit. He picked up a goal and two assists in eight games at the 2018 Worlds.
Jack Hughes to play for Blashill’s Team USA
Center Jack Hughes was added to the U.S. team for the IIHF World championship, which will be played in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, May 10-26.
Hughes, 17, is expected to be the first pick of the 2019 NHL draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. He will become the youngest player to ever play for Team USA in the tournament.
Hughes led the U.S. to a bronze medal in the U18 World Championship in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, which ended on Sunday.
He joins his brother, defenseman Quinn – of the Vancouver Canucks – on the team along with Red Wings Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening. The team will be coached by Detroit’s Jeff Blashill.
New NCAA recruiting rules
Colleges recruiting hockey players will have to change their ways.
As of May 1, there can be no more recruiting conversations between a player and a coach before Jan. 1 of the player’s sophomore year in high school.
And a verbal scholarship offer from a coach cannot be made until Aug. 1 of the player’s upcoming junior season of high school.