Denton Mateychuk will be headed south of the border later this month, with the Canadian maple leaf on the front of his hockey jersey.
Mateychuk has been named to the roster for Team Canada at the U-18 World Hockey Championship, which is scheduled to be held April 26th – May 6th in Frisco, Texas.
The Dominion City product started the year with the Steinbach Pistons, where he played in all 8 games and recorded one goal and two assists before the league shutdown. The 16-year-old also played on the top power play unit for Head Coach Paul Dyck. He becomes the first ever player for the Pistons to represent Canada at the U-18 Worlds.
“We are thrilled to see Denton receive this opportunity, although not surprised as we saw him grow as a player on a weekly basis in the fall,“ Dyck said of Mateychuk. “He has excellent on-ice awareness and the ability to break pucks out with great efficiency. He’s one of those rare players that adjusts very quickly when advancing to the next level.“
He has since suited up for the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors in the East Division Bubble in Regina. He currently has 2 goals and 7 assists in 16 games played.
This isn’t the first time Mateychuk has donned the red and white Canada colours, as he played in the Youth Olympic Games back in 2019 where he put up a goal and an assist in four games there. In this tournament he’ll line up with some of the top prospects across the country including 15-year-old phenom Connor Bedard from the Regina Pats, and projected 2022 number one pick Shane Wright of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.
The entire Pistons organization would like to congratulate Denton and his family on this amazing accomplishment, and wish him all the very best at the U-18 World Hockey Championship in Texas.