July 8, 2013, Portland, OR (ISN) – Portland Winterhawks forwards Paul Bittner, Keegan Iverson and Dominic Turgeon have been named to the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
Bittner, Iverson and Turgeon are the only players from the WHL named to the team.
“The opportunity to represent their country at this prestigious event is a tremendous honor for Paul, Keegan and Dominic,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “This tournament will be great preparation for the regular season and the expanded roles we expect all three to take on next year.”
Bittner had 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 45 games last season. Iverson had six goals and four assists for 10 points in 47 games in his first full WHL season. Turgeon registered three goals and five assists for eight points in 54 games.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 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 Hlinka 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 death.