Medicine Hat, AB — With majority of the hockey season over, there still are a few tournaments to be had before the summer officially hits for some players. NHL, AHL and ECHL are continuing their playoff brackets, while in Europe all leagues have come to an end for the season. Currently in Russia are the IIHF World Championships, showcasing some of the world’s best young and old talent, including a 1st Overall battle between Finland’s Patrik Laine and USA’s Auston Matthews.
Some players, as their seasons finish by being eliminated in the playoff could come to the tournament if their country calls, therefore we could see more former Tigers hitting the ice during the tournament as the preliminary round is slated to end May 17th.
The Tigers have 2 representatives at the tournament in former defenceman Tomas Kundratek and forward Yannic Seidenberg. Kundratek is playing for his home country Czech Republic who currently hold the top spot in Group A, winning all 3 games including one in overtime for 8 points (international point system in affect). Tomas has played in all 3 games so far, recording 1 goal along the way.
Seidenberg on the other hand is coming off of a DEL Championship and is playing on his home country Germany squad which features 4 current NHL players. Yannic has yet to record a point in Germany’s 3 preliminary games as the Germans sit 4th in Group B, ahead of the USA with 4 points, having won 1 game and losing one in overtime along with a loss in regulation.
Germany’s next game is on Thursday May 12th when they take on the heavily favorite and undefeated Canadian squad.
The Czech Republic’s next game will also be on Thursday as they will take on the winless Norwegians.
Best of luck to Tomas and Yannic on their quest for a World Championship title.