Daily Dose of the DUB: More World Junior Championship rosters named, Hagel returned to Blackhawks, more alumni news

Wolf named to Team USA’s WJC roster

Dustin Wolf (127GP, 88-31-6, 1.85GAA, .934sv% with Everett) was named to the roster of Team USA for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships. He is a returnee, having played in last year’s tournament. At the tournament, Wolf was 1-0-0, allowing three goals on 20 shots. Wolf was selected by the Calgary Flames at the 2019 NHL Draft in the seventh round.

WHL drafted players Tyler Kleven (POR, 2017), Jake Sanderson (KTN, 2017), and Cameron York (RD, 2016) were also named to the team. None of them have played in a WHL game to date.

Czech Republic names 28-man roster for WJC

The roster includes WHL forwards Michal Gut (EVT), Filip Koffer (PG), Martin Lang (MJ), Pavel Novak (KEL), Michal Teply (WPG), and Matej Toman (SC). Goaltender Lukas Parik (SPO) was also selected. David Jiricek (SPO, 2020), Michael Krutil (KEL, 2020), Simon Kubicek (SEA), and Stanislav Svozil (REG, 2020) are the defenders making their way to Edmonton. The final roster selections will be made in Edmonton as there are still several players needing to be cut from this roster.

Finland names its WJC roster

Kasper Puutio (EVT), Brad Lambert (SAS, 2020), Henri Nikkanen (WPG, 2020) have been selected to play for Team Finland at this year’s tournament. This roster is finalized and therefore WHL fans will have an opportunity to see these young men compete for a medal.

Sweden names its WJC roster

Jepser Wallstedt (MJ, 2019) is the loan player with WHL connections to be selected to represent Sweden. Wallstedt does not appear to have any intention of playing in the WHL.

Hagel returned to Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon Hagel (259GP, 103G, 176A with Red Deer ’15-’19) has been returned to the Chicago Blackhawks after a successful loan to HC Thurgau of the Swiss League. Hagel scored eight times and added seven assists in 14 games during the loan period. The recall is to prepare for the upcoming NHL season.

Schira loaned to HV71

Craig Schira (340GP, 33G, 124A with Regina and Vancouver ’03-’09) has been loaned by Rogle BK to HV71 of the SHL until January 1st. Over six games this season with Rogle BK, Schira has yet to register a point. This was the defenseman’s fourth season with Rogle BK. Schira has won an AHL title with the Binghamton Senators. This is his ninth season playing hockey in Europe.

McNeill signs with Vita Hästen

Mark McNeill klar för Vita Hästen! Kolla mer på hemsidan och spana in intervjuer med honom och Tony Zabel!

Posted by Vita Hästen on Friday, December 11, 2020

Mark McNeill (276GP, 97G, 146A with Prince Albert ’08-’13) has signed with Vita Hästen of HockeyAllsvenskan of Sweden. Last season McNeill played in the EBEL with EHC Linz, scoring four times while adding 13 assists over 27 games. McNeill is a former first-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks and has played in two NHL games over his career.

Canada’s World Junior Team first team practice

With nine WHL roster players and alumni, Kirby Dach selected to play at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships, the team hit the ice in Red Deer, Alberta for the first practice as a finalized team. The players are now practicing to determine where in the lineup they will fall for the tournament scheduled to begin on Christmas Day in Edmonton, AB.

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