Tournament Summary For Current And Former Washington Capitals Players Who Participated In The 2022 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Team Slovakia

The IIHF World Championships were completed on Sunday after Team Finland beat Team Canada in the Gold Medal game. While there were no Washington Capitals players in the Gold Medal game, there were plenty of current and former Capitals players who participated in the tournament.

Team Czechia

For the Bronze Medal-winning Team, Czechia, Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny was joined by two former Capitals players, forward Jakub Vrana and defenseman Tomas Kundratek.

Vrana played for the Capitals from 2016-17 through the trade deadline of 2020-21 and was a member of their Stanley Cup Championship roster in 2017-18. Tomas Kundratek played with the Capitals for parts of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, but most recently has played with HC Kometa Brno.

Kempny played in eight games for Team Czechia, joining the team immediately after the Caps were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. While he scored no points, he played on the top defense pairing for the Czechs.

Vrana played in ten games for Team Czechia, usually playing on the third line. He scored one goal which came in a 4-1 win against Norway on March 21.

Kundratek played in ten games with Team Czechia. He scored one goal and recorded three assists. His goal came against Sweden on May 15 as part of the Group B preliminaries.

Team USA

Former Capitals players on Team USA, who lost in the Bronze Medal game to Team Czechia, were defenseman Nate Schmidt and forward Riley Barber.

Schmidt played with the Caps during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons before the Las Vegas Knights selected him in the 2017 Expansion draft.  He played with the Winnipeg Jets this past season. Schmidt played in 10 games, scoring two goals with four assists.

Barber played in three games with the Caps back in 2016-17. Last season, he played in the Detroit Red Wings organization, primarily for their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Barber played in nine games, scoring one goal, which came against Team Latvia on May 13.

Barber got an assist from Kieffer Bellows whose father, Brian, played for the Capitals as part of their Stanley Cup Finalist team of 1998.

Team Slovakia

Representing the Slovakians, defenseman Martin Fehervary joined the team after the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs. He scored a goal on May 20 in their 4-3 win against Kazakhstan.

Team Switzerland

Current Washington Capitals and former Capitals players representing Team Switzerland included current Capitals prospect, defenseman Tobias Geisser, former Capital defenseman, Jonas Siegenthaler, and former Capitals prospect Damien Riat.

Geisser played in eight games and recorded one assist, generally playing as part of their third defensive pairing. His assist came on a shot from the point, that initially was ruled his goal, but later determined the shot was deflected by former Capitals prospect Damien Riat.

Former Capitals player, Jonas Siegenthaler, who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils, generally played on the first defense pairing for Switzerland. He scored one goal and recorded four assists in eight games. He scored his goal against Team Canada in a 6-3 loss on May 21 in a Group A competition.

Riat played in five games and scored one goal on May 22 in a 5-2 victory against Team France.

Team Germany

Former Caps goaltender Philipp Grubauer played in six games for Team Germany. Germany was eliminated in the Quarter Final game by Team Czechia. Grubauer played with the Caps from 2012-13 through 2017-18 and was part of their Stanley Cup winning roster of 2017-18. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche after that season and played with the Seattle Kraken during 2021-22.

By Diane Doyle

Further Reading
IIHF World Championship Web Site
A Golden Finnish: Team Finland Downs Team Canada in Overtime to Capture Gold in 2022 World Championship
Michal Kempny And The Czechs Win Bronze At 2022 IIHF World Championships
Martin Fehervary (Slovakia) and Michal Kempny (Czechia) Will Play In World Championship

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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