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Vorobiev Ready to Face Canada in Final

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Updated January 3, 2005

Dimitri Vorobiev has a goal and five assists in 32 games with Lada Togliatti.
As Team Canada attempts to win their first Gold Medal since 1997 at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships, Maple Leafs management was hoping to see two European prospects when the tournament began in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Christmas Day.

Left-winger Jan Steber, who made the Czech Republic roster did not play in any games in the tournament. However, defenceman Dimitri Vorobiev has been solid for Team Russia so far at this year's championship. Through the preliminary round and the semi-final against the United States, the defensive defenceman has picked up one goal and five assists for six points in five games. He leads Team Russia and is tied for fifth in the tournament with a plus-minus rating of +8 heading into the final game against Canada. Another Maple Leaf draft pick Robert Earl, who plays for the WCHA's Wisconsin Badgers, was invited to Team USA's selection camp but was released. The Maple Leafs management team including GM John Ferguson, Assistant GM Mike Penny and Director of Amateur Scouting Barry Trapp will all be in Grand Forks.

Jan Steber has 15 points (8G, 7A) in 27 games with Halifax.
Maple Leaf prospects have played a large role in outcome of the tournament over the past few years. Last season, forward Jarkko Immonen helped the Finnnish squad to capture a Bronze Medal. Immonen's rights were later shipped to New York as part of the Brian Leetch deal. In 2003, the Leafs sent a record five players to Team Canada alone, including Matt Stajan, Carlo Colaiacovo, Brendan Bell, Ian White and Kyle Wellwood. That team finished with a Silver Medal in front of the home town fans in Halifax, New Brunswick. IN 2002, Colaiacovo and Jay Harrison also took home a Silver Medal from Pardubice, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.

Dimitri Vorobiev - Team Russia
Defence, Shoots Left, 6'0", 190 lbs.
Club Team - Lada Togliatti (Rus.)
Selected by the Maple Leafs with their 3rd pick (157th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Jan Steber - Team Czech Republic
Left Wing, Shoots Left, 6'4", 209 lbs.
Club Team - Halifax Mooseheads (OHL)
Selected by the Maple Leafs with their 6th pick (252nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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