Anaheim Jr. Ducks defenseman Regnars Udris is representing his native Latvia in the IIHF U18 World Championships at Grand Forks, N.D., this month. The 6-foot, 161-pound Udris played in all four of Latvia’s preliminary round games, registering three shots.
His country went 0-4 in prelims, twice losing in overtime. The tournament features the top U18 players in the world, and its alumni list reads like a who’s who of the NHL. The defensively responsible Udris was a cumulative minus-4 on a Latvia team that was outscored by a cumulative 20 goals in its four preliminary games.
Udris was the only 1999 birth year player on the highly successful Jr. Ducks Midget 18U AAA team this past season, which went on to win CAHA playoff and regular-season titles as well as the USA Hockey Pacific District championship en route to advancing to Nationals at San Jose earlier this month. Udris played in 29 Tier 1 Elite Hockey League games and netted a game-winning goal against the San Jose Jr. Sharks in mid-January. He added another goal while helping anchor a Jr. Ducks defense that allowed just 33 goals in 21 CAHA regular-season games. A model of consistency, Udris also only took just one penalty all season.