While a majority of USHL players hail from the United States, the
League boasts top talent from around the globe, including a pair of
players on the Green Bay Gamblers who are competing for their countries
in the IIHF World Junior Championships.
Goaltender Richard Sabol is one of five returning
players for Slovakia on the countries initial roster for the world's top
junior hockey tournament taking place December 26th - January 5th in
Ufa, Russia. Slovakia will compete in Group B along with the United
States, Canada, Germany, and Russia. In Group A of the ten-team
tournament is Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Sabol is an 18-year-old from Presov, Slovakia and has appeared in six games for the Gamblers during his first USHL season.
Forward Sebastian Weberg is competing for his native
Norway in the Division I level of the IIHF World Junior Championships.
The division, which is taking place in Amiens, France from December
9-15, also includes the countries of Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France,
Weberg, who recently celebrated his 19th birthday, is a native of Oslo,
Norway and has put up four points (3g, 1a) in 13 games played during
his first USHL season for Green Bay.
The Green Bay Gamblers are the second USHL team to have two players competing in the IIHF World Junior Championships as Rasmus Bengtsson (Sweden) and Frederik Tiffels (Germany) from the Muskegon Lumberjacks will represent their countries in the top level of the tournament.
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