New Chilliwack Chief Ray Fust.

Chilliwack Chief Ray Fust in the mix for Swiss U20 roster spot

Fust is hoping to make the team that will compete in the World Junior Hockey Championships

Chilliwack Chiefs forward Ray Fust is one of two BCHLers competing for a spot on Switzerland’s U20 hockey squad.

The Swiss national team will compete at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

The camp begins Dec. 6 with the first week of preparations taking place in Zug, Switzerland. The team will trim its roster Dec. 12 and head to Edmonton for a four-day quarantine before final cuts are made Dec. 23.

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Fust, an 18-year-old BCHL rookie, is one of 18 forwards in the mix. Another BCHLer, Penticton’s Stefano Bottini is also looking to lock down a spot. Their competition includes major junior players Attilio Biasca (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL), Keanu Derungs (Victoria Royals, WHL) and Simon Knak (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) along with a group of juniors playing in Europe.

Fust is a dual-citizen of Canada and Switzerland, and his eliteprospects.com page lists Reverolle as his home.

He has one goal and one assist in BCHL ‘extended training camp’ action so far.

The winger has 22 games of international experience with Swiss national teams, including three games with the U20 team this season. He collected two goals and an assist in those outings.

Switzerland plays in pre-tournament games Dec. 20 against the United States and Dec. 22 against Sweden. They open the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament on Christmas Day against Slovakia.


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