American forward Stefan Matteau has been ruled ineligible to represent Team USA at the World Under-18 later this month in the Czech Republic.
The International Ice Hockey Federation is allegedly not allowing Matteau, born in Chicago, Il., to participate because he has not played two consecutive years (not seasons) in the United States after the age of 10, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today.
Matteau has spent the last two seasons skating with the United States National Team Development Program and represented America at the 2011 World Under-17 Challenge.
Team Canada has no plans to add Matteau to their roster.
Anthony Louis from the NTDP-U17 team will replace Matteau on the roster.