Latvian U20 set for World Juniors
Yesterday Latvian U20 national team head coach Leonids Beresnevs announced those 22 players, who will set off for Babruisk, Belarus already tomorrow morning, in order to begin the tournament on December 13 and eventually try to return to the Elite Division for next year.
In order to do that, Latvian team will have to beat not only Japanese, Italian, Great Britain and Ukrainian teams, but also its main rivals for the victory in the tournament – Belarussian team, who will host the tournament. Belarussian team this year consists of many already professional players, of whom majority play in the Belarussian league. In combination with the home ice advantage, Belarussians have slightly higher chances of winning the tournament.
Unfortunately, two potential Latvian team participants withdrew from the pre-tournament training camp, as they got injured. Both of them would most likely made the roster – first one of the is HK Riga players Vladislavs Dobrenkijs, but the second one – Rolands Vigners who plays for Reims of the French Division 1 and did magnificently well during the both exhibition tournaments earlier this season.
Yesterday, during the press conference assistant coach Aigars Cipruss also commented that during this season Kristians Pelss (Edmonton Oil Kings) game has improved a lot, and that he has already benefited from crossing the pond last summer.
|December 13||Great Britain|
*- the game starts at 17:00 GMT and will be broadcasted by LTV7, so there is a slight chance that the game could be streamed somewhere.
Latvian U20 roster:
|G||Kristers Gudlevskis||1992||HK Riga||MHL|
|G||Janis Kalnins||1991||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|D||Edgars Dikis||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Ralfs Freibergs||1991||Texas Tornado||NAHL|
|D||Martins Jakovlevs||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Karlis Kalvitis||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Martins Porejs||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Arturs Salija||1992||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Eriks Sevcenko||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|D||Raimonds Tubelis||1991||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|F||Maris Bicevskis||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Elvijs Biezais||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Maris Dilevka||1992||Metalurgs Liepaja||Belarus|
|F||Zemgus Girgensons||1994||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL|
|F||Girts Jansons||1991||Muik Hockey||Finland4|
|F||Egils Kalns||1991||Metalurgs Liepaja||Belarus|
|F||Ronalds Kenins||1991||GC Kusnacht Lions||NLB|
|F||Arturs Mickevics||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Kristians Pelss||1992||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL|
|F||Davis Straupe||1992||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Juris Upitis||1991||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Bruno Zabis||1991||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
Written by Didzis Rudmanis
December 11, 2010 at 14:28
Posted in Latvian U20 national team
Tagged with Aigars Cipruss, Arturs Mickevics, Arturs Salija, Belarussian league, Belarussian U20 national team, Bruno Zabis, Davis Straupe, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Edgars Dikis, Edmonton Oil Kings, Egils Kalns, Elvijs Biezias, Eriks Sevcenko, Finnish 4th league, French Division 1, GC Kusnacht Lions, Girts Jansons, Great Britain U20 national team, HK Riga, Italian U20 national team, Janis Kalnins, Japanese U20 national team, Juris Upitis, Karlis Kalvitis, Kristers Gudlevskis, Kristians Pelss, Latvian league, Latvian U20 national team, Leonids Beresnevs, Maris Bicevskis, Maris Dilevka, Martins Jakovlevs, Martins Porejs, Metalurgs Liepaja, Metalurgs Liepaja-2, MHL, Muik Hockey, NAHL, NLB, Raimonds Tubelis, Ralfs Freibergs, Reims, Rolands Vigners, Ronalds Kenins, Texas Tornado, Ukrainian U20 national team, United States Hockey League, Vladislavs Dobrenkijs, Western Hockey League, World U20 Championship, Zemgus Girgensons