ice HockeySwiss juniors hope for a second chance to shine
The U20 World Cup, which was put on hold last winter because of the Covid, has been postponed in Edmonton. Switzerland enter the competition against Sweden on Wednesday.
It’s a bit of a second chance for the juniors in the U20 category. The prestigious and important tournament – which often opens doors to the NHL – has been rescheduled for August in Edmonton, Canada, after being canceled on December 29 due to Covid.
The timing is not necessarily ideal as the month of August usually corresponds to getting back on the ice and preparing for the season. But now these juniors under 20 at least have the chance to assert themselves internationally again. The counters have been reset and it is sort of the repeat of the World Cup that started in December 2021.
The tournament started on Tuesday in Edmonton on the ice rink of the Oilers of the outstanding Connor McDavid (with victories from the Czech Republic, Finland and the USA at the beginning), the Swiss team will start the race this Wednesday from 8 p.m. First opponent, Sweden. A heavyweight and one of the tournament favorites alongside Canada, the USA and Finland. The Swiss team, in which two-thirds of the players present a few months ago are back, is hoping for a surprise.
“As this is the repeat of the December 2021 World Championships, the goal remains the same. We want to achieve the best possible result and prepare optimally for the World Cup next December. On the one hand, we want to enable the players to make up for the canceled World Cup (last December) and, on the other hand, to integrate young players for the next CM in December 2022. The selection was based on the principle of merit. Even though no nation will be relegated in August, we want to be competitive and present a quality game. This tournament is not only a preparation for the next World Cup. The goals remain ambitious,” said Lars Weibel, director of the national teams.
The Swiss selection
Head coach Marco Bayer traveled to Canada with 26 players, but only 25 items can definitely be registered. Two minor injuries: Noah Delémont (Bienne) and Joël Marchon (Zug) have not yet been reported and will not start the tournament. “Noah Delémont is one of the leading players in the team and should play a key role in the games against Germany and Austria that are particularly important for us. We take care of a gentle fitness. Noah is on the way to being fully available soon,” assured coach Marco Bayer.
Guardian: Henauer Andri (CP Bern), Pasche Kevin (Omaha Lancers/USHL), Patenaude Noah (Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL).
Defender: Chanton Giancarlo (Genève-Servette), Delémont Noah (HC Biel), Despont Vincent (Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL), Dionicio Rodwin (Niagara IceDogs/OHL), Meile Nick (CP Bern), Nussbaumer Arno (EV Zug), Sidler Dario (Lausanne HC), Streule Maximilian (Winnipeg Ice/WHL), Zanetti Brian (Peterborough Petes/OHL).
Forward: Alge Mats (Rapperswil), Allenspach Dario (EV Zug), Baechler Nicolas (GCK Lions), Biasca Attilio (Halifax Mooseheads / QMJHL), Fahrni Joshua (CP Bern), Garessus Lilian (HC Ajoie), Graf Marlon (GCK Lions), Henry Joel (GCK Lions), Knak Simon (HC Davos), Marchon Joel (EV Zug), Muggli Tim (EV Zug), Nicolet Kevin (Linköping HC/Sweden), Ritzmann Fabian (CP Bern), Taibel Jonas (Moncton Wildcats/ QMJHL).
Squad and schedule of Switzerland
The Swiss team was placed in Group B. your opponent? USA, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Note that there is no relegation this year.
10.08: Switzerland – Sweden 20:00
12.08: Switzerland – USA 04:00
14.08: Switzerland – Germany 04:00
15.08: Switzerland – Austria 20:00
All Swiss games and selected other matches from the tournament will be streamed live on MySports. Switzerland’s games are also broadcast free of charge on TV24. The group games against USA and Germany, played late at night Swiss time, will be broadcast later in the evening on TV24.
And the Romans?
There are several in Marco Bayer’s selection: Freiburg’s Vincent Despont and Kevin Nicolet, Neuchâtel goalkeeper Noah Patenaude and Vaud goalkeeper Kevin Pasche, Bernese Jura player Noah Delémont and Jura player Lilian Garessus.
Who is the star of the tournament?
The star of the tournament is not in the Swiss camp, but in that of Canada. your name? Connor Bedard. The enthusiasm for this striker is enormous. He is considered a generational talent, like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid before him. The Canadian forward is sure to be picked first in the draft next year, and some NHL clubs are already dreaming of picking the first draft (the lowest-ranked teams have the best chance of winning the lottery).
Another key player in the Canadian camp, a certain Mason McTavish. The Anaheim Ducks forward (3rd overall pick in the 2021 draft) has the distinction of running under the EHC Olten jersey in the Swiss Swiss League in the 2020-2021 season and competing with Canada at the Beijing Olympics last February to have.
On the Swiss side, unfortunately, there is no future Nico Hischier or Roman Josi in the selection this year.
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