There may be no hockey action currently in North America, but young prospects in Europe are taking part in preseason tournaments in preparation for the IIHF World Junior Championships that will begin in late December. Forward Haakon Hanelt, the Capitals fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry draft, represented the German team in the Summer Challenge tournament that took place in Füssen, Germany, from July 29th to 31st, 2021.
The Summer Challenge tournament took place at the Eisstadion in Füssen between July 28 through 31. Four nations participated in the tournament including Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
The coaches of each nation used the tournament with an eye towards the 2021-22 IIHF Under 20 World Junior Championships that will take place in Edmonton, Alberta and Red Deer, Alberta, this December and January.
Germany’s first game was against Slovakia on Thursday July 29. It was one of those days for the German team as they fell 3-1. Hanelt took a tripping penalty and was kept off the scoresheet otherwise.
Germany rebounded in their game on Friday, July 30 by beating the Czech Republic by a score of 5-0. Hanelt scored Germany’s fourth goal just before the end of the second period.
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Germany finished the tournament by beating Denmark on Saturday July 31 by a score of 8-1. Hanelt had the primary assist on the team’s second goal, a goal by Jakub Borzecki. That goal was ultimately the game winner for Germany. Hanelt added one more assist in the game, the primary assist, on the Germany’s last goal which was scored by Maciej Rutkowski.
With two victories and one loss, Germany finished second overall in the Summer Challenge Round Robin. Slovakia was the tournament winner, going undefeated in their three games. The Czech Republic finished in third place with a record of 1-2. Denmark lost all three of their games and finished last.
Hanelt had three points for the tournament, with one goal and two assists. He was tied for sixth in points for the tournament.
Prior to the tournament, the Head Coach for the Under 20 National team, Tobias Abstreiter, spoke to the press.
Hanelt is not the only Capitals prospect competing in summer hockey action. Prospect Bogdan Trineyev, a draftee from the 2020 Entry Draft, has already participated in one preseason game for Moscow Dynamo and will also participate in the 2021 Sochi Open Tournament.
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Germany Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) Web Site
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