While the NHL playoffs continue, there will be a different type of championship hockey being played elsewhere. For Flyers fans, they will likely have their eyes on the 2023 Men’s World Championship later this month.
Philadelphia will have three players, one roster player and two prospects, taking part in the event. Cutter Gauthier and Ronnie Attard will be skating for Team USA while Scott Laughton will play for Canada.
The event will run from May 12-28 in Tampere, Finland and Riga, Latvia. Games will air on the NHL Network.
For Ronnie Attard, this will be the first time that he has represented his country in any fashion. The 2019 third round pick played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.
In three seasons, he posted 41 goals and 84 total points in 144 career games. From there, Attard spent three seasons at Western Michigan University, recording 27 goals and 72 points in 94 games.
Attard signed with the Flyers after his junior season, jumping into the NHL for the final 15 games of the season. He scored his first NHL goal, finishing with two goals and four points overall. Despite the jump to the NHL, he spent almost the entirety of the past season in the AHL where he was one of the Phantoms top players. He posted 12 goals and 32 points in 68 games.
For Gauthier, the Flyers 2022 first round pick has represented the United States on more than one occasion. He was most recently a part of the U20 squad that took home the bronze medal during the World Junior Championships. Gauthier had four goals and 10 points in the tournament. He also took home a silver medal during the U18 WJC 2022 as well. There he had three goals and nine points.
Gauthier spent two years with the United States Development Program between the U17 and U18 teams from 2020-22. He was slightly over a point-per-game, recording 54 goals and 102 points in 99 total games. He also played 54 games for the USNTDP Junior team during that time where he scored 31 goals and posted 49 total points.
Gauthier is coming off an impressive freshman season at Boston College where he had 16 goals and 37 points in 32 games.
Team USA will have an exhibition match against Germany on May 9. They will open up preliminary round play on May 12. The game will be available to U.S. viewers at 9:20 a.m.
Scott Laughton will be representing Canada for the first time since 2014. He was the captain of the U20 squad where he posted one point in seven games. Laughton also appeared on the U18 squad for Canada in 2012 where he had two goals and seven points in seven games. Canada would win bronze that year.
Laughton would first play for Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in 2011. He had two goals and four points as Canada Ontario won gold.
Canada will first play Hungary in a pre-tournament game on May 9. They will kick off preliminary play on May 12 against Latvia. That game will be on at 1:20 p.m.