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Primeau to represent Team USA at World Hockey Championship

Cayden Primeau will be heading to Slovakia to represent his country at the annual tournament

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - After turning in a remarkable performance at the most recent World Junior Hockey Championship, Cayden Primeau will be representing his country again on the international stage.

This time around, though, the 19-year-old goaltender will be a member of Team USA's senior side for the upcoming World Hockey Championship, which runs from May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia. 

On Thursday, the Canadiens' prospect was one of 17 players named to the squad's preliminary roster for the annual tournament. He will be joined by fellow netminders Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) and Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks).

Primeau helped Team USA claim a silver medal during the World Juniors, posting a 4-1-0 record, along with a sparkling 1.61 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.

As a sophomore at Northeastern University, Primeau compiled a 25-10-1 record this past season, along with a 2.09 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and four shutouts.

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He backstopped the Huskies to their second consecutive Beanpot title, a Hockey East crown and a second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Primeau's individual accolades during the 2018-19 campaign include winning the Mike Richter Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding goaltender in the NCAA ranks. He also earned Beanpot MVP honors, and secured the Eberly Award as the goaltender with the best save percentage in the tournament.

The First Team All-American secured Hockey East Goaltending Champion honors for a second straight season, and was named the MVP of the Hockey East Tournament and a Hockey East First Team All-Star as well.

On March 31, the Voorhees, NJ native signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens through the 2021-22 season. He also signed a professional tryout contract with the AHL's Laval Rocket and spent some time with Joel Bouchard's contingent before returning to school to close out his academic year.

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