AUSTIN, MN – Three Bruins have been called to represent their country in World Tournaments this winter. Defenseman Josef Mysak is an assistant captain for the Czech Republic in the World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia while forward Valdemar Ahlberg and goaltender Mads Sogaard will play for Team Denmark at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.
The Czech Republic is already 2-0 in the preliminary round, including wins over the U.S. and Canada East. Preliminaries run through Tuesday, followed by Quarterfinals and Semifinals Wednesday and Thursday. The Tournament wraps up Friday and Saturday with the Bronze and Gold Medal games. The rest of the field (not listed above) is made up of Canada West, Switzerland, and Russia. Former Bruins goaltender Jake Kucharski is on the Team USA roster.
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The World Junior Championships kick off on Tuesday, December 26th at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The best Junior hockey players in the World face off in search of gold. Denmark is in “Group A” along with the U.S., Canada, Slovakia, and Finland. “Group B” consists of Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Belarus. Ahlberg and Sogaard will play in front of a packed house to open the Tournament as Denmark takes on Team USA in prime time on the 26th – an 8:00 PM local time puck-drop. The WJC runs through January 5th, when the gold medal game takes place.
Sogaard is currently 6-2-1 with a 3.01 GAA and a .901 SV% for the Bruins. Ahlberg has 4 goals and 6 assists in 24 games. Mysak has played 13 games and is still seeking his first NAHL point. The Bruins begin a four-game series with the Minnesota Wilderness this Friday night at Riverside Arena for Teddy Bear Toss Night sponsored by Power96 radio. The puck drops at 7:05.