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Bigras and Nastasiuk off to worlds

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The Owen Sound Attack's Chris Bigras and Zach Natasiuk have been added to Canada's under-18 team for the World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

The two 17 year olds were told shortly after the Attack's 3-1 loss to Plymouth on Sunday which eliminated Owen Sound from the Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference semifinals. They were slated to depart for Russia on Monday.

Team Canada is made up of players born in 1995 and 1996 (as well as 15-year-old Connor McDavid). And they're from teams that have been eliminated from the Canadian Hockey League playoffs.

Nastasiuk led the Attack in play-off scoring with four goals and 7 assists in 12 games.

Bigras had 38 points and was a +35 in the regular season and he logged a ton of minutes in the post season.

Bigras and Nastasiuk are both eligible for June's National Hockey League entry draft. On Monday Bigras moved into the final spot in the International Scouting Service list of the top-30 draft eligible prospects.

Canada opens the World championships on Thursday with a preliminary round game with Slovakia.

Canada will face Germany on Saturday, Finland on Monday, and Sweden on April 23.

The quarterfinals are set for April 25 while the semis are slated for April 26 and the medal games on April 28.

Click here for more information on the world championships.

 

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