Washington Capitals defensive prospect Martin Hugo Has (Left) and the Czech National Junior team spent the past week training at the Winter Stadium in Rokycany, Czech Republic. Last Sunday afternoon, for the first time ever, they listened to the instructions of their new head coach, Karel Mlejnek, and his assistants David Bruk and Pavel Trnka.
Thirty-two hockey players began preparations for the next World Junior Championship together at the camp in the West Bohemian town. The coaches had to make three changes compared to the original nominations. They lost two goalkeepers Lukáš Pařík and Jakub Dobeš, who were replaced by Jan Škorpík and Tomáš Suchánek.
The Under-20 Championship, which will be hosted by the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Red Deer from December 26, 2020 to January 5, 2021, will have the Czechs play in Group B in Red Deer alongside Russia, Sweden, the United States and a newcomer from Austria.
Has began the 2019-2020 season with the Tappara U20 team, scoring a goal in two games, but was subsequently called up to Liiga with Tappara for five games. Has had a goal and an assist before being loaned to Koovee in the Finnish Mestis League, where he played in 13 games, registered a goal, and was +4.
Has then left Koovee for the World Junior tournament where he played on Czech Republic’s top defensive pairing, registering a goal and three points in five games. Following the World Junior Championship, has was loaned to the North Bay Battalion, where he played one game before being traded to the Guelph Storm.
List of U20 national team at the campsite
Jan Bednar (Karlovy Vary), Nick Malik (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL), Jan Skorpik (Sparta Prague), Tomas Suchanek (Frydek-Mistek).
Daniel Poizl (Litoměřice), Stanislav Svozil (Kometa Brno ), Karel Klikorka (Mladá Boleslav), Radek Kučeřík (Saskatoon Blades, WHL), Martin Hugo Haš (Guelph Storm, OHL), Šimon Kubíček (Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL), Jiří Suhrada (Zlín), Michael Krutil (Sparta Prague), David Jiříček, Vladimír Kremláček (both Pilsen).
David Vitouch (Sparta Prague), Adam Najman (Liberec), Adam Raška (Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL), Radek Mužík (Lulea, Sweden), Jaromír Pytlík (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL), Filip Přikryl, Sebastián Malát (both Pilsen ), Martin Lang (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL), Filip Koffer (Prince George Cougars, WHL), Martin Beránek ( České Budějovice ), Matěj Toman (Swift Current Broncos, WHL), Marcel Barinka (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL), Ondřej Pšenička (Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL), Pavel Novák (Kelowna Rockets, WHL), Michal Teplý (Winnipeg Ice, WHL), Jan Myšák (Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL), Tomáš Chlubna (Jihlava), David Jindra (Litoměřice).
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