Vees fans will have a player to watch at this years’ International Ice Hockey federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship.
Penticton Vees forward Stefano Bottini has been named to Team Switzerland’s final roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Swiss team announced their final cuts Wednesday (Dec. 23).
Bottini has previous experience representing Switzerland at international tournaments, but this will be his first opportunity to compete at the U20 level.
Bottini picked up an assist in Team Switzerland’s 3-2 pre-tournament win over Austria Tuesday (Dec. 22).
— Penticton Vees (@PentictonVees) December 23, 2020
The 18-year-old winger joined the Vees this season after moving up the ranks in the program in his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland. Bottini had a goal and four assists in 10 games of Okanagan Cup play during the BCHL exhibition season.
Team Switzerland is in Group A along with Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia. They begin preliminary round play at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day against Slovakia.
For the full IIHF World Junior Championship schedule, click here.
Chilliwack Chiefs forward Ray Fust was also named to Team Switzerland’s final roster today.
Bottini and Fust join Canada’s Alex Newhook as players representing the BCHL in this year’s tournament.
This is the third year in a row there will be a BCHL representative on the Swiss team at the World Juniors after former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward and current Colgate University sophomore Matthew Verboon was on the roster the last two tournaments.
Click here to view the full Swiss roster.