Kailer Yamamoto’s breakout week was followed by a significant honor.
The Spokane Chiefs announced Tuesday that the 16-year-old rookie forward and Spokane native has been added to the roster of the United States team that will play at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario, from Sunday through Nov. 8.
“Representing your country at an international tournament is always a special honor for a player and Kailer has earned this opportunity,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said.
Yamamoto scored the first two goals of his Western Hockey League career last week and added four assists in three games.
Team USA will begin play at the eight-team tournament Sunday against Sweden. Canada Red and Slovakia are also in the U.S. team’s pool
Yamamoto will miss four Chiefs games while away at the tournament, including tonight’s home game against the defending Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.