by Arch Ecker
When the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament gets underway near Dallas, TX next month, the Wenatchee Wild will watch with interest as defenseman Slava Demin takes the ice for Team USA. Demin committed to join the Wild in April.
Demin, a native of Cypress, CA checks in at 6’1” and 185 lbs., and as a 2000 birth year player, has an extremely bright future. Associate Head Coach Tom Rudrud said, “This is a great opportunity for Slava to showcase his abilities on a world stage.” Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler classifies Demin as “a high end kid that has high NHL draft potential.”
The Five Nations Tournament will be held at the Dr Pepper StarCenter Arena in Frisco, TX from Aug. 9-13, 2016. In addition to the United States team Demin will skate for, teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland will participate as well. The annual tournament showcases some of the finest talent of players under the age of 17 from around the world.
Team USA won the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament last year, finishing undefeated (3-1-0-0) in Arosa, Switzerland. The last time the tournament was held on US soil was 2011 in Ann Arbor, MI, and the US went 4-0-0-0 in winning that tournament as well.
Demin is a left handed shot defenseman who skated last season for the Anaheim Ducks U16 team, posting a solid 5 goals and 6 assists in 25 games. Coach Rudrud also noted, “Slava is a good sized defenseman with excellent vision. He makes the transition out of his own end zone exceptionally well, and he also has the ability to create offense.”
Demin will report with the rest of the Wild players for Main Camp which begins August 22.