Philadelphia Flyers prospects Ronnie Attard and Cutter Gauthier have been named to the United States’ roster for the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
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The tournament will be held from May 12th to May 28th in Tampere, Finland and Riga, Latvia.
Attard previously represented the U.S. at the 2019 World Junior-A Challenge, helping the Americans earn a bronze medal alongside fellow Flyers prospect Bobby Brink.
This will be Attard’s first time playing on an international stage at the senior level.
The 24-year-old defenseman from White Lake Township, Michigan spent the 2022-23 season mainly with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Attard racked up 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in 68 games, in which he was named an AHL All-Star and helped lead the Phantoms to their first playoff berth in five seasons.
Attard also appeared in 2 games with the Flyers, registering 5 shots on goal, 3 takeaways, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots.
A 2019 3rd-round pick by Philadelphia, Attard made his professional debut with the Flyers last season after his college career ended. He skated in 15 games with the Flyers in 2021-22, recording 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points to accompany 24 hits, 17 blocked shots, and 6 takeaways.
As for Cutter Gauthier, the Flyers’ 1st-round selection from the 2022 NHL Draft is no stranger to international competition and will make his senior team debut as well.
Gauthier previously donned the Stars and Stripes at the 2023 World Junior Championship, 2022 World U18 Junior Championship, and 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
The Boston College standout, who opted to stay in school for another year, was very impressive in his freshman year with the program. He led the team in goals (16), points (37), power play goals (7), and was tied for the team lead in assists (21).
Gauthier also notched 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in 7 games during this past winter’s World Juniors as Team USA won the bronze medal match over Sweden.
Gauthier came up through the ranks of the U.S. National Team Development Program before he was drafted, highlighted by a 65-point performance in 54 games with the U.S. National U18 Team in the USDP in 2021-22, so his invite after a strong college season should come as little surprise.