Prince George Cougars’ goaltender Taylor Gauthier (01) has been named to Team Canada’s Men’s Under-18 National Team ahead of the World Under-18 Hockey Championship.
The 2019 IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Hockey Championship is from April 18th-28thin Örnsköldsvik and Umeå, Sweden.
Gauthier is one of three goaltenders that make up the 23-man roster. The Calgary, Alberta, product played in 55 games this past season, collecting 15 wins and sported a 3.25 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. He was tied for sixth in the WHL in shutouts with three. Gauthier played in the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Red Deer, Alberta, in January, and is ranked fifth among North American Goalies in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings.
Gauthier is no stranger to wearing the maple leaf, having represented Canada twice on the international stage. Gauthier won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup last August in Edmonton, Alberta. He also played on Team Canada White at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC.
Team Canada opens the tournament on Thursday against Finland. TSN will broadcast 15 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-up at the Under-18 World Championship, all quarter-finals, both semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games.