Alum Yamamoto named to U.S. World Under-18 Team

Kailer Yamamoto, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, was named to the 22-player roster for this year’s U.S. National Under-18 Team that will compete at the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship, which will run from April 14-24 in Grand Forks, N.D.

The 1998-born Yamamoto, a forward from Washington, is in his second season with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs with whom he’s totaled 19 goals for 71 points through 57 games.

The United States is featured in Group A of Worlds along with Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. Group B consists of Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and Slovakia.

The U.S. is in search of its third-straight gold medal at the event after capturing the tournament title last year in Switzerland.

Team USA has earned 12 straight medals, including gold in six of the past seven tournaments. Overall, the U.S. boasts 14 medals at the IIHF U18 Men's World Championship - the most of any country.

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