ISSY, France – Philippe Bozon, the IIHF Hall of Famer that was named head coach of the French U20 national team this year, called 22 players for a training camp for the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship Division I, Group A which will be hosted by France in Megève and Saint-Gervais.
France will face Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Ukraine and Japan in the December 14-20 tournament. The training camp opens on December 5 in Megève.
Most of the juniors play in France, 12 have played in the Ligue Magnus, the top men’s league of the country.
Three players hail from Switzerland’s Geneva-Servette where Bozon was the junior coach until last year. They play all in the highest junior league Elite A. Victor Barbero is the team’s top scorer with 16 goals and assists each, while Pierrick Pivron was on the roster of the top league team for two games.
Two players come from Canadian Junior A teams, while Charles Bertrand plays for Finland’s Lukko Rauma where he is the scoring leader of the highest junior league Nuorten SM-liiga with 16 goals and 20 assists.
For Bertrand it will be the first appearance at the World U20 Championship after two World U18 Championships for France. The French finished in third place last year at the Division I tournament in Herisau, Switzerland.
Roster of the French U20 national team
Goalkeepers: Clément Fouquerel (Caen), Sébastien Raibon (Grenoble).
Defencemen: Aziz Baazi (Strasbourg), Romain Bault (Amiens), Julien Burgert (Strasbourg), Jason Crossman (Grenoble), Kevin Dusseau (Reims), Maxime Moisand (Grenoble), Victor Vitton Mea (Villard-de-Lans).
Forwards: Mathieu André (Gap), Nicolas Arrossamena (Grenoble), Victor Barbero (Geneva-Servette, SUI), Eliot Berthon (Geneva-Servette, SUI), Charles Bertrand (Lukko Rauma, FIN), Jonathan Boehrer (Amiens), Valentin Claireaux (Amiens), Robin Gaborit (Mont-Blanc), Morgan Nicolas (Dieppe, CAN), Raphaël Papa (Grenoble), Timotey Perez (Joliette, CAN), Pierrick Pivron (Geneva-Servette, SUI), Nicolas Ritz (Dijon).