SAN JOSE - The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation announced today that San Jose Sharks forward Nikita Jevpalovs
(YEFF-pell-uhvs) has been named to the 2015 Latvian Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.
The 20-year-old Jevpalovs recorded 100 points (49 goals, 51 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 64 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Armada's alternate captain finished the regular season ranked 2nd in the league in goals and 4th in points. His nine game-winning goals were the second-most (tied) in the league, while he ranked 6th in power-play goals (17). He added six points (one goal, five assists) in five playoff games, ranking 2nd on the team in postseason points.
The six-foot-one, 210-pound native of Riga, Latvia, has tallied 193 points (95 goals, 98 assists) and 98 penalty minutes in 185 career QMJHL games. He has represented his native country of Latvia in numerous international tournaments, including: 2014 Division I World Jr. Championship (silver medal), two U-20 World Jr. Championships (2013, 2012) and the 2012 U-18 World Jr. Championship.
Jevpalovs was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on Jan. 26, 2015.