Three members of the Portland Winterhawks will lead the United States at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, to be held Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
Among those selected are a number of top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft, including Portland center Dominic Turgeon, the son of former NHL star Pierre Turgeon. In Dominic's first full Western Hockey League season in 2012-13, he had three goals and five assists in 54 regular-season games, and played five games in the WHL playoffs, where Portland won the title and advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game.
With the graduation of a number of the players who helped Portland to so much success last season, it's expected Turgeon, a 6-foot-1.25, 196-pound center, will have a bigger role in 2013-14.
Joining him from the Winterhawks on the U.S. team for the tournament will be center Keegan Iverson and left wing Paul Bittner.