Stefano Bottini of the Switzerland Nationals follows the play against the Russian Nationals during day one of game one of the 2018 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament at USA Hockey Arena on December 11, 2018 in Plymouth, Michigan. Bottini will hope to represent his country once more on the national stage as a part of Under-20 team at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Incoming Penticton Vees forward sets sights on World Junior Hockey Championship

Stefano Bottini has been selected for Switzerland’s National Under-20 Camp

Incoming Penticton Vees forward Stefano Bottini (’02) has been selected for Switzerland’s National Under-20 camp, taking place from July 14 to 25 in Cham, Switzerland.

Bottini will make his debut with Penticton in the 2020-21 season after spending last year in Switzerland playing for the Under-20 Lugano team.

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Switzerland’s National Under-20 camp will consist of 36 players vying for a spot on the Swiss Under-20 National team with 18 forwards, 14 defensemen and 4 goaltenders making their way to Cham to challenge for a roster spot.

Bottini, 18, is one of ten 2002-born players to crack the selection camp roster after having a tremendous season as one of the youngest players on his Under-20 Lugano team during the 2019-20 campaign.

The 6’0”, 176-pound forward tallied 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 43 games with Lugano.

The Lugano, Switzerland native showed very well on the International stage as well, playing in 14 total games for the Swiss U-18 team at various tournaments, including the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup.

Bottini registered two goals and five assists for seven points in that span and committed to play for the Vees in late March.

The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, slated for December 26, 2020 to January 5, 2021.

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