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Prince George Cougar Czechs in with home country’s Under-18 squad

Matéj Toman on Czech Republic’s camp roster for world championship event

A Prince George Cougar is hoping to claw out a spot on his country’s roster ahead of the 2019 Men’s World Under-18 Championships.

Forward Matéj Toman has been selected by the Czech Republic to come to selection camp and for a shot at competing for the Central European nation on the international stage.

After putting on an impressive breakout year as an import with Prince George, the 18-year-old from České Budejovice is one of 19 forwards eyeing for a slot on the final roster at the 34-man camp.

Toman finished his 2018-19 campaign 10th on the Cougars’ stats sheet suiting up for all except two tilts on the schedule, recording 20 points, including nine goals and 11 assists, in those 66 games.

If the fifth pick from the 2018 CHL Import Draft makes the team, this won’t be the first time he’s represented his country.

The Czech Republic, along with Toman, captured bronze at the 2017 World Under-17 Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, and participated in the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in August 2018.

The 2019 Men’s World Under-18 Hockey Championships take place April 18 to 28 in Sweden.