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2020 World Junior Championship. Czech Republic U20 - Russia U20

26.12.2019
The under 20 Russian national team will compete against competition hosts, the Czech Republic, in the opening match of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Recently, the final roster for the tournament was named:

Goalkeepers: Yaroslav Askarov (SKA), Amir Miftakhov (Ak Bars), Daniil Isaev (Lokomotiv).

Defensemen: Danila Galenyuk (SKA), Daniil Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars), Egor Zamula (Calgary Hitmen), Anton Malyshev (Buran), Daniil Misuyl (Lokomotiv), Daniil Pylenkov (Vityaz), Alexander Romanov (CSKA).

Forwards: Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders), Dmitriy Voronkov (Ak Bars), Maxim Groshev (Neftekhimik), Grigoriy Denisenko (Lokomotiv), Pavel Dorofeev (Metallurg), Kirill Marchenko, Ivan Morozov, Vasiliy Podkolzin (all SKA), Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton Eagles), Nikita Rtischev, Maxim Sorkin (both CSKA), Ilya Kruglov (Dynamo), Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats).

The Czech Republic is one of six nations which has never been relegated from the Elite Division. The last time when the Czechs picked up a medal was in 2005 as they gained bronze.

In the friendly games, Russia produced solid attacking performances, defeating Kazakhstan 5:0 and Slovakia 9:1.

Puck drop against the Czech Republic is scheduled for 17:00 Moscow time. Match TV will broadcast live in Russia.

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