Former Jr. King Yamamoto to represent U.S. at Hlinka tourney

Former Los Angeles Jr. Kings forward Kailer Yamamoto was named to this year's U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete in the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which will run from Aug. 10-15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

A Washington native, Yamamoto played last season for the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs where he struck for 23 goals and 57 points in 68 games.

“Kailer has another fantastic opportunity to represent his country this summer,” said Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz. “He continues to take the necessary steps with the U.S. program, which is great for his development and also for our club.

“We wish Kailer all the best at the tournament. He’s a special player.”

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is an annual event held each August for national Under-18 teams from around the world. Named for one of the first Czech hockey stars, the tournament began in 1991 as a three-team showcase. Between 1997 and 2002, the format shifted to the current eight-team tournament. It was then named after Hlinka in 2007 - three years after his passing.

This year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will include teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

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