Red Wings hopes of competing at 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

DETROIT — The 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship begins Tuesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton with strong representation from the Detroit Red Wings.

Nine Red Wings prospects will dress for their respective countries at the international tournament, which takes place Aug. 9-20.

The competition was originally scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. After four days of play, the tournament was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Here’s who to watch throughout the 10-team event:

UNITED STATES

Forwards Carter Mazur and Red Savage will represent Team USA.

Mazur, who was Detroit’s 70th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, finished his first campaign at the University of Denver with 14 goals and 24 assists in 41 games, helping the Pioneers win the 2022 NCAA Championship while earning NCHC Rookie of the Year honors.

As for Savage, the Red Wings’ 114th overall pick in 2021, he had six goals and 10 assists in 35 games for the University of Miami last season, finishing as Miami’s Dr. Phillip Shriver Rookie of the Year. Hockey.

CANADA

Goalkeeper Sebastian Cossa and defender Donovan Sebrango will be part of Team Canada.

Last season, Cossa was 33-9-3 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 46 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.finishing as the Central Division nominee for the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy as WHL Goaltender of the Year.

“There’s a lot of things that come with it, putting on the Team Canada jersey, a lot of expectations,” Cossa said. told NHL.com on Dec. 31. “You go out and try to represent your country and play well for them.”

Last Tuesday, Sebrango was named alternate captain for his homeland. Sebrango, drafted 63rd overall by Detroit in 2020, had one goal and six assists in 65 games in 2021-22 for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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SWEDEN

Defenders Simon Edvinsson and William Wallinder will play for the Swedish team.

Edvinsson had two goals and 17 assists in 44 games last season for Swedish Hockey League side Frolunda HC. The Red Wings’ sixth overall pick in 2021, Edvinsson was also named a finalist for SHL Rookie of the Year.

Wallinder, who was Detroit’s 32nd overall pick in 2020, led all SHL U20 defensemen in 2021-22 with 19 points in 47 games for Rogle BK.

Forward Theodor Niederbach, who was Detroit’s 51st overall pick in 2020, also represents Sweden. In his second campaign with Frolunda HC, Niederbach recorded nine goals and seven assists in 51 games.

FINLAND

Defender Eemil Viro will represent his native Finland. The Red Wings’ 70th overall pick in 2020, Viro had three goals and four assists in 52 games last season for SM-Liiga’s TPS TurkuFinland’s most prestigious league.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Goalkeeper Jan Bednar will wear the uniform of the Czech Republic team.

Bednar, who was selected 107th overall by Detroit in 2020, was 28-14-4 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 47 games with Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

More information on the tournament format, participating countries and full schedule can be found at iihf.com.

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