Hoefner looks forward to Germany's return to top WJC grouping
The German WJC entry for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships held in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY included one of the best assortments of young hockey players the country had put together in quite some time, including NHL draft picks Philipp Grubauer (WAS), Konrad Abeltshauser (SJS), Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT), Marcel Noebels (PHI), Tobias Rieder (EDM) and Mirko Hoefflin (CHI).
Nonetheless, the team found itself on the losing side of a close 4-3 result against Switzerland and 2-1 loss to Slovakia, which were considerable blows to its chances of moving on to the playoff round. A 5-1 loss to Finland and 4-0 loss to the USA ensued, effectively pushing Team Germany into the relegation round.… read more
interesting article, nice to see another country improving in hockey.
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