Capitals Prospect Martin Hugo Has Survives First Cuts For Czech Rupublic’s Junior Team

Photo: Czech Republic

Washington Capitals defensive prospect Martin Hugo Has and the Czech National team will be making the trip from the Czech Republic to Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday in advance of the 2021 World Junior Championship. The Czech Team made their primary roster cuts on Friday, trimming their squad to 28, with three more cuts required before the tournament begins.

Goalkeepers Šimon Zajíček, Tomáš Suchánek and Oldřich Cichoň, defenders Jan Mlčák, Ondřej Baláž, Vladimír Kremláček and Adam Rutar and forwards David Jindra, Ivan Ivan, Jonáš Peterek, Martin Ryšavý, Jakub Brabenec, Sebastián Malát and Theodor Pištěk we’re all released from the team on Friday, leaving three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 16 forwards, who will travel to Canada this weekend.

As noted, the Czech Republic will need to make three more cuts to skaters (forwards and/or defensemen) to get down to the 22-player maximum for skaters required for each team at the tournament.

Has, who made the team for last year’s tournament and had a strong showing, remains a favorite to make this years squad as well.

28-player nomination of the Czech national team at the Junior World Championships in Edmonton:

Goalkeepers: Nick Malík (Frýdek-Místek), Jan Bednář (Karlovy Vary), Lukáš Pařík (Benátky nad Jizerou).

Defenders: Michael Krutil, Šimon Kubíček, Daniel Poizl (all Litoměřice), Martin Haš (Benátky nad Jizerou), David Jiříček (Plzeň), Karel Klikorka (Mladá Boleslav), Radek Kučeřík (Přerov), Jiří Suhrada (Zlín), Stanislav Svozil (Kometa Brno).

Forwards: Filip Koffer, Martin Lang, Pavel Novák, Filip Přikryl, Jaromír Pytlík, Michal Teplý, Matěj Toman (all Litoměřice), Adam Najman, Jakub Rychlovský (both Liberec), Martin Beránek (České Budějovice), Michal Gut (Sokolov), Jan Myšák (Litvínov), Adam Raška (Frýdek-Místek), David Vitouch (Sparta Prague), Radek Mužík (Lulea / Sweden), Ondřej Pšenička (Waterloo / USHL).

The national team will train in Vyškov on Saturday. On Sunday, the team will fly to Edmonton, where they must undergo a mandatory four-day quarantine at the hotel. It will not be on the ice until December 18.

Connor McMichael was officially named to the Team Canada squad on Friday. Team Canada will be leaving Red Deer for Edmonton this weekend as well.

2021 World Junior Championship
The opening day schedule for the 2021 tournament includes Team USA facing Team Russia on December 25. Team Canada’s first game is, as always, on Boxing Day, December 26, when they face Team Germany. Team Czech Republic also opens the tournament on December 26 when they Face Team Sweden.

The complete tournament schedule can be found here.

The teams will travel to the competition bubble early and play ten exhibition games from 20 to 23 December.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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