The Czech Republic will have a keen eye on Western Hockey League talent in preparations to host the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.
Nine WHL players have been named to the nation’s camp roster for the annual tournament featuring the best junior hockey talent in the world.
The grouping of WHL talent for the European nation includes five forwards, three defencemen, and one goaltender.
From the group of forwards, Michal Gut (Kadan, Cze. / Everett Silvertips), Filip Koffer (Hradec Kralove, Cze. / Prince George Cougars), Martin Lang (Rokycany, Cze. / Kamloops Blazers), Jonas Peterek (Havirov, Cze. / Calgary Hitmen), and Michal Teply (Havlickuv, Cze. / Winnipeg ICE) will represent the league up front.
On the blue line, Simon Kubicek (Jindrichuv Hradec, Cze. / Seattle Thunderbirds), Radek Kucerik (Kyjov, Cze. / Saskatoon Blades), and Libor Zabransky (Brno, Cze. / Moose Jaw Warriors) will compete for spots.
Lukas Parik (Neratovice, Cze. / Spokane Chiefs) is one of five goaltenders who will attend the camp.
The list includes a pair of players already drafted by National Hockey League teams. Teply is a prospect of the Chicago Blackhawks and Parik is a draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings. Both were selected at the 2019 NHL Draft.
Also featured on the camp roster are a trio of 2020 NHL Draft prospects currently playing in the WHL. Gut, Kubicek, and Kucerik were all listed as ‘C’-rated skaters by NHL Central Scouting on their most recent rankings, which were released last month.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Ostrava and Třinec, Czech Republic from Thursday, December 26 to Sunday, January 5.