The Under-18 Five Nations Tournament is taking place this week at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, and if you weren’t already considering attending a game or two, USA Hockey’s Becky Olsen offers a strong endorsement for the tournament:
“The Under-18 Five Nations Tournament is one of the most important events for NHL teams to evaluate players for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft,” said Ryan Martin, assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings. “First and foremost, the quality of the competition is elite.
“Furthermore, with the exception of a limited number of players born in 2001, the U18 tournament offers NHL evaluators the unique opportunity to watch these premier players compete against their own age group, as many of these prospects play the majority of their season against players one and two years older. The fact that Plymouth is hosting the event this year is an added bonus for NHL teams, as it allows more NHL scouts and NHL management who may not otherwise be available to travel to Europe to see the event and evaluate many of the top players for the 2018 NHL Draft.”