LATVIA AT 2012 WJC
Latvia will be in Group A at the 2012 World Junior Championship and play all its games at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Dec. 26 - Latvia vs. Sweden
Dec. 27 - Latvia vs. Slovakia
Dec. 29 - Latvia vs. Russia
Dec. 30 - Latvia vs. Switzerland
Jan. 2 - Quarterfinals
Jan. 3 - Semifinals
Jan. 5 - Gold medal/Bronze medal games
Following a one-year hiatus, Latvia returns to the top level of the World Junior Championship later this month, when it will take part in the 2012 WJC.
The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation released its 31-player pre-tournament roster Tuesday. Those players will report to Brooks, Alta., for a camp that begins Dec. 18. Coach Eriks Miluns will finalize his 22-man roster Dec. 23 in preparation for his team's preliminary-round opener against Sweden three days later at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Latvia has never finished higher than eighth in two other appearances at the top-level World Junior Championship -- ninth in 2010 and eighth in 2009. This year Latvia will be in Group A along with Russia, Sweden Slovakia and Switzerland. The teams in Group B are Canada, the U.S., Czech Republic, Finland and Denmark.