STORRS, Conn. – UConn sophomore Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) and freshman Adam Huska (Zvloen, Slovakia) will both skate at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship after it was announced that both players made the final rosters for their respective countries.
Thompson and Team USA will open their tournament on Monday afternoon, December 26th, when the take on Latvia while Huska and Slovakia opens with Canada on Tuesday, December 27th.
The 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship is taking place in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, from Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 5, 2017. The U.S. and Slovakia will compete in the same group along with Canada, Russia and Slovakia in the preliminary round. Thompson and Huska will face-off with each other when their two teams meet on Wednesday, December 28th.
The U.S. schedule in the preliminary round has Team USA facing Latvia on Dec. 26th at 3:30 pm, Slovakia on December 28th at 7:30 pm, Russia on December 29th at 3:30 pm and Canada on December 31st at 3:30 pm, all at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All U.S. games will be broadcast live on NHL Network.
The Slovakian schedule will open with Canada on Dec. 27th at 8:00 pm, the United State on Dec. 28th at 7:30 pm, Latvia on Dec. 30th at 7:30 pm and Russia on Dec. 31st at 8:00 pm, all at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The tournament quarterfinals are set for Monday, Jan. 2nd with the semifinals on Wednesday, Jan. 4th and the gold medal game on Thursday, Jan. 5th.
Thompson returns to international play, having played one season for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in 2014-15. He was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that competed in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship in Aug and Lucerne, Switzerland before coming to Storrs.
Huska has plenty of international playing experience having been a part of Slovakia's national team at the 2016 IIHF U20 World Championship in Finland. He appeared in five games and was named a top-three player on his team at last winter's tournament. He also played for his native country at the 2014 and 2015 U18 World Junior Championships.
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