(Ostrava, CZE) – Nine players have been selected by their individual countries to compete in the 2020 World Junior Championships set to begin on December 26th in the Czech Republic
Martin Fasko-Rudas (Slovakia), Peetro Seppala (Finland), Stephane Patry (Switzerland), John-Jason Peterka, Taro Jentzsch, Yannik Valenti, Nino Kinder and Dennis Lobach (Germany) will all take part in the two-week event for the respective countries.
Fakso-Rudas (Banska Bystrica, Czech.), a 19-year old right winger from the WHL Everett Silvertips, will suit up for the Slovakian -20 club at the tournament. He was Everett’s 1st round selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft. In 17 games with the Silvertips he has 4 goals and 4 assists.
Seppala (Kuusankoski, Finland), 19, is a left-shot defenseman, with the KooKoo Kouvala club in the Finnish elite league. In 20 games he has 1 goal and 5 assists to date.
Patry (Geneva, SUI), 19, is a forward currently playing for Geneve-Servette in two Swiss Elite leagues as well as the Under-19 team. In 21 games he has 3 goals, 6 assists.
Peterka (Munich, GER), 18, is a forward currently with Red Bull Munchen of the DEL. He was selected by the OHL Barrie Colts in the 2019 CHL Import Draft and is considered a first round propect for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He has 5 goals, 4 assists in 25 games in one of German’s top pro leagues.
Jentzsch (Berlin, GER), 19, is a right winger with the QMJHL Sherbrooke Phoenix. The 6-2, 165 lbs. forward has 7 goals and 14 assists in 27 games to date this season. He was selected by Sherbrooke in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Valenti (Bad Tolz, GER), 19, is a forward with Helbronner Falken of the DEL2 league in Germany. He has 17 goals and 10 assists in 26 games to date. Valenti was a CHL Import Draft selection in 2017 of the Vancouver Giants.
Kinder (Berlin, GER), 18, is currently with the WHL Winnipeg Ice after being selected in the 2019 CHL Import Draft. To date he has scored 9 goals and 6 assists in 29 games as a rookie with the Ice.
Lobach (Schweinfurt, GER), 19, is currently a member of the SC Riessersee. He has 7 goals and 8 assists in 13 games to date this season. He is a 5-10, 172 lb. forward.
A ninth player currently active in the NCAA is also taking part in the tournament.
Noah Dobson of the New York Islanders is also an underage junior, however, was not released to the Canadian junior team before December 16th to be eligible for the tournament.
The World Junior Championships begin Boxing Day, December 26th with games being televised in Canada on TSN and the NHL Network in the United States.