Matthews to represent USA at World Championship

Aaron Vickers2016 Draft Center, International Events

Auston Matthews will take on the world.

Matthews, who spent the season as a member of the ZSC Lions in the National League A, Switzerland’s top professional league, has been named to the US National Men’s Team that will compete at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

He’s the first player to be named to the team.

Matthews ended the regular season tied for fourth in the league in goals with 24 and points per game at 1.28, and second in even-strength goals with 19 in 36 games. He had three assists, a plus-1 rating and 13 shots on goal in four playoff games against Bern.

He was awarded the NLA’s Rising Star award and finished second in voting for most valuable player, including six-first place votes. The award went to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who finished with eight first-place votes.

It’ll be the fifth time Matthews has represented the United States in an IIHF competition. He’s won gold twice at the World Under-18 Championship in 2014 and 2015, and bronze at the World Junior Championship in 2016.

The tournament will run from May 6-22, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.