Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bjorkstrand leads Denmark to title

D Pavel Kubina (Moose Jaw, 1996-97) has announced his retirement through the NHLPA. Last season, with Genève-Servette (Switzerland, NL A), he had one assist in three games. . . .
F Denis Sergeyev (Calgary, Swift Current, 2001-03) has been released by Dizel Penza (Russia, Vysshaya Liga). He was pointless in five games.
D Ian White (Swift Current, 2000-04) has signed for the rest of this season with Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia, KHL). He had signed w/ Genève-Servette (Switzerland, NL A) three weeks ago but didn’t play any games. Last season, he had four points, two of them goals, in 25 games with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. . . .
F Pavel Brendl (Calgary, 1998-2001) has signed for the rest of this season with Lausitzer Füchse (Germany, DEL2). This season, with Brno (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had four assists in six games. . . .
D Mitch Versteeg (Lethbridge, 2006-09) has signed for the rest of this season with Bad Nauheim after release by Heilbronner Falken (both Germany, DEL2). With Heilbronner this season, he had 17 points, including six goals, in 27 games.
Denmark went 5-0 and won the IIHF’s Division 1 Group A U20 championship in Sanok, Poland. Denmark will move up and play with the big boys a year from now. . . . Denmark was led by Portland Winterhawks F Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was selected as the tournament’s best forward after putting up six points, four of them goals, in the five games. . . . Latvia was second at 4-1. Seattle Thunderbirds F Roberts Lipsbergs had seven points, including a tournament-high six goals, in five games for the Latvians, while Edmonton Oil Kings F Edgars Kulda had a goal and six assists. . . . Portland D Layne Viveiros had two assists in five games with Austria, which finished 2-3.

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