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2014 WJC Preview: Faksa leads Czech roster featuring cast of relative unknowns

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12-23-2013, 02:00 PM
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2014 WJC Preview: Faksa leads Czech roster featuring cast of relative unknowns

The 2014 World Junior Championship is set to begin Thursday in Malmö, Sweden with the Czech Republic squad looking to surprise some observers. The Czechs performed well last year in Ufa, Russia, beating Latvia, Switzerland and Finland before being eliminated by the United States in the quarterfinals following a 7-0 victory for the Americans. The Czechs ended last year's WJC in fifth place, but may be hard pressed to equal that accomplishment this year.

This year the team is not expected to be as strong as last year, mainly because key skaters from the 2013 WJC – Tomáš Hertl, Dmitrij Jaškin and Martin Frk – are no longer eligible, nor is Patrik Bartošák, who guarded the net for the Czech's last year and ended the 2012-13 season as the CHL's top goaltender.… read more


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