Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud today to announce that nine CHL players captured gold with Germany in Division I Group A of the 2012 IIHF U20 World Championship Saturday in Germany.
Germany defeated Norway by a score of 5-3 in the final and is promoted to the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The tournament consisted of six teams with Austria, Belarus, Great Britain, and Slovenia participating in addition to Germany and Norway.
CHL Players on Team Germany:
Konrad Abeltshauser (Halifax Mooseheads)
David Elsner (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mirko Hofflin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Nicholas Krammer (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Nickolas Latta (Sarnia Sting)
Mathias Niederberger (Barrie Colts)
Marcel Noebels (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Tobias Rieder (Kitchener Rangers)
Sebastian Uvira (Oshawa Generals)
Mathias Niederberger was named the tournament’s top goaltender with a 5-0 record posting a 1.62 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage. Konrad Abeltshauser was named top defenceman of the tournament with seven points in five games with a plus-minus rating of plus-10. Tobias Rieder led the tournament in scoring with 13 points in five games scoring five goals with eight assists.
In addition to the nine CHL players on Germany, Roman Graborenko of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles competed for Belarus. Three CHL players were also on Team Norway including Adrian Danielsen of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Jonas Knutsen of the Prince Albert Raiders, and Sondre Olden of the Erie Otters who was named the tournament’s top forward scoring eight points in five games.
Team Canada which includes 21 CHL players begins preliminary action for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship against Team Finland tonight at 7:00 pm Mountain Time in Calgary.
For more information please visit www.iihf.com.