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2020 World Junior Championship Preview

Bruins forward prospects Beecher, Hall, and Lauko will take part in upcoming tourney

by Christopher Krenn @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Championship is set to kick off on Friday and the Bruins organization will be well represented with three prospects participating in the event. John Beecher and Curtis Hall will represent Team USA, while Jakub Lauko was selected to play for Team Czech Republic.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held from December 26, 2019 - January 5, 2020 in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. 

Beecher, a first-round pick (30th overall) by the Bruins in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, is skating in his first season as a freshman at the University of Michigan. The Elmira, New York native leads the Wolverines with five goals this season and has added four assists for a total of nine points in 16 games, which is tied for the team lead.

Hall, a fourth-round selection (119th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is skating in his second season as a sophomore at Yale University. He leads the Bulldogs with six goals and is tied for second in overall scoring with seven points in nine games.

Lauko, a third-round selection (77th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is skating in his first season of professional hockey in North America with the Providence Bruins. The rookie has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in 18 games for the P-Bruins this season.

Lauko and the host Czechs will begin their quest for a gold medal at 9 a.m. ET on December 26 with a matchup against Team Russia. Beecher and Hall's tournament play will begin immediately after when Team USA battles Team Canada at 1 p.m. ET. Both games can be viewed live on NHL Network.

Team Czech Republic will go on to battle Team Germany on Saturday, December 28 at 9 a.m. ET and Team Canada on Tuesday, December 31 at 1 p.m. ET. The matchup with Canada will be broadcast live on NHL Network.

Team USA will take on Team Germany on Friday, December 27 at 1 p.m. ET and Team Russia on Sunday, December 29 at 1 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on NHL Network.

Team USA and Team Czech Republic will battle on Monday, December 30 at 1 p.m. ET in an opportunity to see all three Bruins prospects share the same sheet of ice. The matchup will also be broadcast live on NHL Network.

Following the preliminary-round games, the quarterfinal round will be played on Thursday, January 2. Following the quarterfinals, the tournament will move permanently to Ostrava prior to the two semifinal contests on Saturday, January 4. Finally, the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on Sunday, January 5. All elimination-round games will be broadcast live on NHL Network.

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