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Germany, Switzerland kick off 2011 WJC

Sunday, 12.26.2010 / 2:31 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Germany, Switzerland kick off 2011 WJC
The Germans and Swiss took the ice at 12:30 p.m. at HSBC Arena on Sunday to kick off the tournament.  too many surprises on who did and didn't make the final roster, although Mathias Niederberger, the top-rated German goalie playing domestically according to NHL Central Scouting, failed to make the cut.

For Team Switzerland, Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter and fellow Portland Winterhawks teammate and Sven Bartschi made the cut but are playing on different lines. They were put together on the Swiss power-play, however.

German roster
G-Philipp Grubauer, Niklas Treutle

D-Konrad Abeltshauser, Jannik Woidtke, Dominick Bittner, Corey Mapes, Peter Lindlbauer, Benjamin Hufner, Dieter Orendorz.

F-Tom Kuhnhackl, Tobias Rieder, Laurin Braun, Norman Hauner, Thomas Brandl, Marcel Ohmann, Marcel Noebels, Mirko Hofflin, Bernhard, Keil, Matthias Plachta, Marc El-Sayed, Marius Mochel.

Switzerland roster
G-Benjamin Conz, Remo Giovannini

D-Romain Loeffel, Nicholas Steiner, Dominik Schlumpf, Dario Trutmann, Luca Camperchioli, Samuel Guerra, Ramon Untersander, Gaetan Haas.

F-Tristan Scherwey, Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Antonietti, Sven Bartschi, Ryan McGregor, Joel Vermin, Reto Schappi, Gregory Hofmann, Inti Pestoni, Renato Engler, Samuel Walser, Yannick Herren.

Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp