WHL’ers continue to shine at U-18’s

By Jeff Arnim

Canada improved to 2-0 at the under-18 Six Nations Tournament on Tuesday, knocking off the host Czech Republic by a count of 3-1. After a Czech goal within the first 30 seconds of play in the first period, the red and white rebounded to post three unanswered goals and take the win.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenseman Derek Meech started the scoring for Canada with his first goal of the tournament, and Kamloops Blazer Jarret Lukin scored his third goal in two games to put the team on top by a pair. Rick Nash (London, OHL) scored the third marker of the contest, an empty netter, in the final minute of period three. Kootenay Ice defenseman Andy Thompson received an assist on the play.

After a day off tomorrow, Canada returns to action on Thursday to face off against Sweden.

Player vitals: Derek Meech
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Birthdate: 4/21/1984
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB


Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1999-00  Winnipeg       MMHL     36  15  40   55   24
2000-01  Red Deer       WHL      60   2   7    9   40
2000-01* Red Deer       WHL      22   0   0    0    9

* = playoffs