Devils Players and Staff Enjoy Success at World Championships
They may not be working with the New Jersey Devils currently, but success still surrounds Jaromir Jagr, Pete DeBoer, Damien Brunner, and (Albany Devil) Raman Hrabarenka in their IIHF World Hockey Championship campaigns.
Somehow Jagr has the stamina to just keep on rolling, despite playing in the Olympics and throughout a full 82 game NHL season. He still has a lot left in the tank, as shown by his performance in seven games of the group stages — Jagr has a team leading four goals for the Czechs (and three assists to boot), helping his side to finish third in group A with 12 points. The Czechs will face the United States in the Quarter Finals.
Pete DeBoer’s Canadian team rolled through the competition in the group stages, losing only once (in overtime) and finishing atop group A with 18 points. Canada finished group play with five regulation wins and one overtime win; the 18 points were tied for second most in the competition. Joel Ward was the seventh leading scorer in the entire competition with six goals and three assists for nine points, and Cody Hodgson finished 10th in the competition with six goals and two assists for eight points. Canada will take on Finland in the Quarter Final round.
For Brunner, it didn’t end with Switzerland advancing to the knockout rounds, but he had almost a point a game for the Swiss team with six in seven games — second on the team with three goals and three assists. Hrabrenka’s Belarus side has moved on to the Quarter Finals and they will be facing Sweden, who finished second to only Canada in group A with 18 points.
If you’re interested in keeping up with the Czech Republic because of Jagr or interested in following the United States as they take on the Czechs, NBCSN will broadcast the game Thursday morning at 9:30 AM EST on a 30 minute tape delay. If you want to watch it live you can start streaming it online at nbcsports.com at 9:00 AM EST.