Nikita Chibrikov

Every few months, European nations take part in tournaments as part of “international breaks”. 

This is especially a good time for junior teams looking to get one solid look at how their potential World Junior Championship teams could look like next month in Canada. 

The Karjala Cup, traditionally a men’s tournament, was yet again used as an evaluation tool for the Russian contingent – mainly for U-20 players. Just as they did last year, they sent a group of mostly U-20 players. In Sweden, the U-20 Four Nations tournament just wrapped up between Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and an additional full U-20 Russian team.

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