Sebastian Cossa is the Detroit Red Wings’ top goaltending prospect. He will play for Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championships. But the Red Wings will have a second goalie at the tournament: Jan Bednar will play for the Czech team.
IDNEZ.cz’s Jakub Hromada reports that the current plan is for Bednar to be part of a goalie rotation for the Czechs.
“I want to show the coaches that I can be the number one goalkeeper, the decision is up to them,” Jan Bednář said in an online interview.
Bednar, 19, said he’s not worried about COVID-19’s impact on the WJC.
“We want to go from match to match and not deal with the more distant future,” Bednar said. “It will be important to play every match 100 percent and if it works out, it will work out and if not, bread will not be cheaper. But we will do everything we can to get as far as possible in the tournament.”
Czech Republic’s Jan Bednář has a stunning custom @CCMGoalie setup for the upcoming WJC. Really like how the colors were used throughout; tiering red, blue then white in the bottom sections. Design work by @TheVincenzoA. #GGNApproved #GoalieGearNerd #GGNCCM #CCMGoalie pic.twitter.com/Aw8XQvfuwG
— Goalie Gear Nerd (@GoalieGearNerd) December 21, 2021
NHL Players Not Going to the Olympics
NHL players clearly made the right decision about the Olympic Games. They have decided not to go, in order to give the NHL three weeks to get their cancelled game rescheduled. The players do plan to play at the Olympics in 2026.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 22, 2021
Around the NHL
Detroit: Red Wings say two more players were added to the team’s COVID-19, which also includes coach Jeff Blashill and assistant Alex Tanguay.
Also, who’s hot and who’s not for the Red Wings going into the holiday break.
Boston: Bruins announced defenseman Brandon Carlo joined the COVID-19 list. However, they also confirmed that none of the players have a severe case.
Florida: Matt Kiersted scores his first goal for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh: This looks like the last ride for the core group of Penguins veterans.
Vancouver: Bruce Boudreau held a mini-camp for his surging Canucks coach. It sure seems like he was the right choice for the Canucks.