Photo: Czech forward Jakub Vrana currently plays hockey in Sweden, but could receive attention at the 2013 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Adler, a small, rather nameless coastal resort just south of Sochi that is receiving worldwide attention as one of the hosting places of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, recently was packed with hockey scouts, journalists and the top players born in 1995 or later for the IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
Photo: Defenseman Jan Stencel was one of the top three performers for the Czech Republic at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Lubo Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)
When searching the junior ranks for future NHL talent, good defensemen are usually harder to come by than good forwards. The upcoming NHL Draft class of players based in the Czech Republic is, however, an exception to that rule.
Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.
Video: Czech Republic head coach Ludek Bukac talks to the media following his team’s 4-3 loss to the USA at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.
The Czech Republic had a relatively easy time of things in their first game of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, but Game 2 was a different story as they dropped a hard-fought, 4-3 loss to the USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.
Video: Czech Republic forward Patrik Zdrahal was the star in his country’s opening win over Latvia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.
While Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik was the top point-getter for the Czech Republic in their opening win over Latvia, forward Patrik Zdrahal was the goal-scoring star for the Czechs in that game.