Penticton Vees forward Simon Meier (’05) has been named to Switzerland’s roster for the 2024 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship.

Switzerland announced their final 23-man roster, after they played their pre-tournament schedule on Friday against Canada. Meier had three points (1G, 2A) in Switzerland’s four pre-tournament games.

“It means a lot, because growing up I always watched the World Juniors and to have the chance to play in that tournament is just so special,” began Meier. “It’s an honor to put that Swiss jersey on again and I am excited to compete against the best.”

Meier, 18, is no stranger to international competition, as he represented Switzerland at the 2023 IIHF U18 World Championship last April in his home country, and the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, AB.

The Regensberg, SUI, product is off to a strong start to his rookie season in the BCHL, posting 23 points (6G, 17A) in 23 games. The 5’10, 161-pound forward is sixth in team scoring and eighth in BCHL rookie scoring. Meier is committed to Northern Michigan University.

The 18-year-old joined the Vees this season after playing the 2022-23 season with Kloten’s Under 20 team in the Swiss U20-Elit.

Meier is the second Vee in the past four years to play for Switzerland at the World Juniors. Alum Stefano Bottini played for the Swiss at the 2021 tournament in Edmonton, AB.

The 2024 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship runs December 26th- January 5th, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Swiss open the tournament on December 27th, against Slovakia. Fans can watch the tournament on TSN and online with a TSN+ subscription.

Other current BCHL players are suiting up for their countries.

Norway: Johannes Løkkeberg – West Kelowna Warriors

Løkkeberg has played for Norway several times in the past, including at last year’s Division 1A tournament. He has 23 points in 23 games with the Warriors this season.

Slovenia: Maks Percic – Vernon Vipers

Percic helped the Slovenian team to a gold medal at the Division 1B tournament, chipping in with five assists in five games. With Vernon, he has contributed a goal and seven helpers across 22 games.