Photo: Credit: Darren Francis (Fust), Jack Murray (Bottini)
A Penticton Vees player earned a spot on the Swiss team’s final roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Stefano Bottini, 18, joined the Vees squad this year after leaving the Lugano program in Switzerland. The new forward had one goal and four assists in 10 Okanagan Cup games during the BCHL exhibition season.
Bottini also got an assist in Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Austria in their pre-tournament match yesterday.
Chilliwack Chiefs forward Ray Fust also made the final cut for the team, which took place on Wednesday. Fust had a goal and an assist in six exhibition games for Chilliwack this season.
He also spent last season at Northwood School in New York before joining the Chiefs for the season of the year. Prior to his stint at Northwood, Fust played in the Lausanne program in Switzerland.
Both players have experience representing Switzerland in international tournaments, but this will be their first opportunity to compete at U20 level.
The Swiss are in Group A with Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia. Matches start on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. with the preliminary round.
This year marks the third in a row there will be a BCHL representative in the Swiss squad at the World Juniors after former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward and current Colgate University sophomore Matthew Verboon features. on the list of the last two tournaments.
Bottini and Fust join Canada’s Alex Newhook as players representing BCHL at this year’s tournament.