Chilliwack’s Hayden Guilderson leads BCIHL Young Stars against Kazakhstan

Chilliwack’s Hayden Guilderson leads BCIHL Young Stars against Kazakhstan

The University of Victoria forward faces Kazakhstan twice as they prepare for the World Juniors.

Chilliwack’s Hayden Guilderson will face Kazakhstan’s national junior hockey team as part of a College Hockey Showcase.

Guilderson was named to the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League ‘Young Stars’ roster Wednesday.

The team will play against the Kazakhstanians Dec. 17 at the Langley Events Centre.

Guilderson will also play them Dec. 11 in a game that features his University of Victoria hockey squad.

Kazakhstan is using the three game event (including a Dec. 13 match vs Trinity Western) as a tuneup for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The country is returning to the big tournament after a nine-year absence and will face Finland in its opening game Dec. 27 in Victoria.

Kazakhstan’s best performance in the World Junior Championship was a sixth place finish in 1999.

Playing them should be a great experience for Guilderson, a 21 year old forward who has four goals, nine points and 20 penalty minutes in 10 games with Victoria’s Vikes this season.

Guilderson spent last season with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Estevan Bruins and played one game for the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in 2014-15.