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The Latvian U-20 team will begin preparations, Pea will nominate the candidates







Karlis Zirnis (in the back) on the team bench.

Karlis Zirnis (in the back) on the team bench.

Photo: LHF / Tanya Longarro

As preparations begin for the World Championship in Group A of the First Division, the head coach of the Latvian U-20 hockey team, Karlis Zirns, has included a total of 32 hockey players on the team roster, Most of which come from the Youth Ice Hockey League (MHL), said the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF).

The list has a total of three goalkeepers, ten defenders and 19 attackers. The World Championship will take place in the first division of Group A from 9 to 15 December in the German city of Fisen.

The largest representation in the district is the MHL Championship. In total, 15 of the included candidates have played MHL this season. Peak has also attracted seven American ice hockey players, three in Switzerland, but one from Germany and Sweden.

The team also includes two attackers from the team of the Continental Ice Hockey League (KHL) of Latvia, Riga Dinamo – Emil Geger and Daniel Berzins.

The Latvian U-20 team will launch a training camp in preparation for the World Championship on Friday and will not be full time at their first lesson.

The horse dragged by the ice will be held in the Volvo hall until next Wednesday, when the team leaves for the World Championship.

Before the World Championship on December 6, the Latvian hockey players will be in check with their Austrian teammates. After this fight, Pea will announce the final selection for the World Championship.

Frensis Anzalone, an American specialist, who previously collaborated with the Latvian specialist in the Northwind Hockey League (NAHL) in the Boudery-Shreveport Mudbugs team, also helped the Zir this season and helped last year's A group. in France. The assistant tasks will be carried out by Raimonds Vilkoits, who works in the MHL unit "Riga" every day. Meanwhile, Erik Visockis will be responsible for the physical condition of the U-20, as usual.

In preparation for the World Championship, the Latvian U-20 team participated in the tournament in Denmark at the international recess in November, where they won first place.

Latvia will play against Belarus, Germany, France, Austria and Norway in the First Division of the World Cup in Group A. Last year, the Latvian ice hockey players did not return to the elite division and concluded that they had lost points of Kazakhstan.

At the beginning of last year, Latvia played in the elite division, but lost in all games, which caused it to fall to a lower level tournament.

List of Latvian ice hockey team U-20:

Goalkeepers: Niklāvs Rauza (Riga), Jānis Voris (Northern Cyclones, USA), Artūrs Šilovs (Hockey School "Riga");

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Guards: Snadis Smons (Geneva Servette, Switzerland), Renard Karkel, Arvils Bergmanis, Nicki Mateiko, Harry Brant (all "Riga"), Patrick Ozols ("Lido"), Nick Kroll (New Hampshire Monarchs, USA)) , Regnārs Ūdris ("Islanders HC", USA), Ernests Ošenieks, Miks Tumānovs (both – Hockey School "Riga");

The attackers are Deniss Smirnov (Servette), Emil Chegger, Daniel Berzins (both – Riga Dynamo), Rihards Melnaksks (Langnau Tigers, Switzerland), Denis Fjodorov, Rudolf Polc, Renard Ciprus, Gustav Miller, Ralph Vjater, Richard Grinbergs, Roberts Priževoits , Janis Švenenbergs (all – "Riga"), Arthum Young (United States), Danil Larionov ("Boston Jr. Rangers", United States), Raivis Ansons (Ice Hockey School "Riga")), Patrick Marcinkiewicz (Cologne Haie, Germany), Janis Visbelis (Connecticut Jr. Rangers, U.S.A.), Viktors Jašunovs (Šellefteo AIK, Sweden), Arthur Koppass (Boston Bandits, U.S.).

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