Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce that defenceman Vojtech Budik and winger Simon Stransky have been named to Team Czech Republic’s selection camp for the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Budik, a fifth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, suited up for the Czech Republic at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship last April. From Holice, the 18-year-old has eight assists in 27 games with the Raiders this season.
This would be the second consecutive year that Stransky has made the roster for the Czech Republic at the World Juniors. Last year, he finished the tournament with a goal in five games. This year, the 19-year-old Ostrava product leads the Raiders in goals (12), assists (15) and points (27) this season.
The Czech Republic opens the tournament on Boxing Day against Finland, the defending champions. This year’s World Junior Hockey Championship has hosting duties split between Montreal and Toronto and runs until January 5, 2017.
The Raiders return to the ice on Friday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Teddy Bear Toss Night. Fans are asked to put their stuffed animals in a plastic bag before throwing them on the ice. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, at the Raider Office or by calling 306-764-5348.