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Chiefs’ Kailer Yamamoto invited to Team USA’s selection camp

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

The Spokane Chiefs’ Kailer Yamamoto, foreground, will attend Team USA’s selection camp for the World Junior Championship. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane Chiefs’ Kailer Yamamoto, foreground, will attend Team USA’s selection camp for the World Junior Championship. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto has been invited to Team USA’s selection camp in preparation for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

The camp will take place from Dec. 15-19 ahead of the tournament, which will run Dec. 28 through Jan. 5 in Buffalo, New York.

Yamamoto has competed for Team USA multiple times, most recently at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, at which he totaled three goals and three assists.

The Edmonton Oiler selected Yamamoto in the first round (22nd overall) during the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Oilers reassigned Yamamoto to Spokane on Nov. 6. He has totaled one goal and eight assists in 10 games with the Chiefs this season.

The Chiefs will play at Everett on Friday night before returning to the Arena on Saturday to meet Seattle for the annual Teddy Bear Toss sponsored by The Spokesman-Review.


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