Washington Capitals prospect Martin Fehervary is poised to lead Team Slovakia at the 43rd World Junior Championships, set to take place from December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Fehervary, along with Alexander Alexeyev (Team Russia) and Tobias Geisser (Team Switzerland) will be the lone representatives for the Capitals in this year’s tournament.
The 19-year-old defensemen knows that Team Slovakia will have their hands full in this year’s tournament, as Group B will include the likes of perennial tournament powerhouses, such as Team USA, Team Sweden and Team Finland. But Fehervary appears to be up to the challenge. “I should be one of the leaders, so I’m trying to do everything in order to win and to have a good atmosphere on the team.”, Martin told Sport.sk.
In an interview with Sport.sk, Fehervary, a native of Bratislava, Slovakia, was asked about Team Slovakia’s preparations for the upcoming tournament. “First of all, we need to prepare for these strong teams, and we have to follow the instructions of the coach, and we must not be afraid to play them, we know they are strong rivals, but if we skate well and be strong on the puck, we have a chance.”
“We have to go 100 percent in every match and not think we will be over-matched. Personally, I would like to have more than just a quarter-finals tournament because it is the last chance for 1999 players.” “Our strongest force is definitely in the offensive end, we have a lot of skilled attackers who play in high-quality leagues abroad, and we have a good team and we can pull each other together,” Martin said.
“It can happen that after three matches we will not have one point but we will not allow pressure. We want to win every single match and we do not look at it by waiting for only a crucial duel with Kazakhstan.“
Fehervary played top four minutes as an 18-year-old In last year’s World Juniors, and had two points in Slovakia’s seven games. Fehervary was invited to play for Slovakia at the worlds, and also registered two points.
Team Slovakia opens this year’s tournament against Team USA on December 26th, in Victoria.
Fehervary participated in his first Capitals development camp in June and Capitals training Camp in September. He was officially loaned to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on September 19.
The following players were returned to their respective junior teams: ALEXEYEV, FLORCHUK, CLARK, SUTTER, KANNOK-LEIPERT & MARTHINSEN. FEHERVARY has been loaned to HV71 (Sweden). Capitals also release THOMPSON from tryout agreement. Updated roster here: https://t.co/UhHCRjbrfV
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The Caps second round draft pick (46th overall) in the 2018 NHL entry draft, signed a three-year entry-level contract on July 1, for $925,000 average annual value (AAV). During an interview after he was selected, Fehervary said he models his game after Capitals’ defenseman Michal Kempny.
By Jon Sorensen