Boston Bruins’ 2001 ninth-rounder Marcel Rodman scored six goals in six games at the World Championships in Sweden to pace Team Slovenia to a respectable 13th-place finish and ensured another year’s stay in the top flight. Rodman scored once in every game Slovenia played, and also recorded one assist. Rodman’s linemate, team captain Tomaz Vnuk led the team with 7 assists.
Slovenia opened the group stage of the tournament with an 8-1 loss to Russia. Rodman scored the lone goal midway trough the second period. Slovenia followed that up with another expected loss, this time Sweden beat them 8-2. Rodman and veteran Toni Tislar managed to beat Tommy Salo in this game. The last game in this phase was against Austria. Slovenia had the game won, leading 3-1 with 10 minutes to go, but let it slip away and unfortunately lost 5-3. That meant Slovenia had to play in the Relegation group. First was a game versus Japan, in which Slovenia took a 4-0 lead after 25 minutes, but had to fight hard until the end to hang on and win 4-3. Then came Poland and NHL stars Mariusz Czerkawski and Krzysztof Oliwa. But Rodman and company didn’t let that fact distract them and won 4-2. It was then down to the last game against neighbouring Italy. As it turned out, this was the easiest win of all, 4-0. Rodman got a goal and an assist in this game.
Other notable prospects who showcased their stuff in this tournament were:
–Marcel Rodman (RW) scored 6-1-7 including 5 times on PP.
–Tomaz Razingar (LW) scored 3-3-6 including 2 goals in the last game. The former Peoria Riverman formed the top line with Vnuk and Rodman.
–Edo Terglav (LW), Buffalo’s 1998 draft pick, didn’t score, but led his team with 27 PIM, and played very well in his own end, leading all forwards in +/-.
–Gregor Poloncic (LW), the energetic forward scored a crucial goal vs Poland and checked hard along the boards troughout the tourney.
–Gaber Glavic (GK), recorded 48 saves vs Japan and 31 vs Poland in Relegation round games. Stepped in and played great after injury to Stan Reddick.
Other Slovenian notes:
–David Rodman (RW), Marcel’s younger brother, who plays for the Val d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL, is the only Slovenian player ranked in the CSB Final Rankings. His final ranking is 122.
–Team Slovenia U-18 finished in second place at the U-18 Championships Division I. This after winning Division II in 2001. CE Andrej Hebar, who plays for Frolunda in Sweden and D Metod Bevk (Eugene Thunder Jr.B), were the best players.