Friends to foes for a fortnight
by Andrew Podnieks|16 AUG 2022
For Austria's Ian Scherzer the game against Sweden was special since he had two Rogle Angelholm teammates on the opposing side.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
As is always the case with international hockey, friends become foes and teammates opponents when nations clash in IIHF tournaments. This year’s World Juniors is no different, as players from various club teams put their friendships aside and work on bragging rights for a year while representing their country. Here are some rivalries we have seen, and might see yet—and a quick look at who has gotten the better of whom:

Barrie Colts (OHL)
Tyson Foerster (CAN), Oskar Olausson (SWE), Ryan del Monte (GER)
--Canada is in the other group but Sweden-Germany definitely had some personal feelings set aside between Olausson and del Monte.

Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Mason McTavish (CAN), Jan Mysak (CZE)
--McTavish scored twice in the 5-1 win, but Mysak wasn’t on the ice for either one. Still, advantage to the Canadian captain.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Riley Kidney (CAN), Harijs Brants (LAT), Jan Bednar (CZE)
--Neither Kidney nor Bednar factored into the game’s result, but Brants would be happy to play either friend in the playoffs at some point

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
Anri Ravinskis (LAT), Oleksiy Myklukha (SVK)
--Slovakia won in a shootout, and although Myklukha took one of Slovakia’s five shots, he didn’t score.

Cape Breton Eagles (QMJHL)
Peter Repcik (SVK), Ivan Ivan (CZE)
--Czechia won the first game of the tournament, 5-4, over Slovakia. Neither player factored into the result, though.

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Elliot Desnoyers (CAN), Attilio Biasca (SUI)
--Their teams are in different groups, but a QF matchup is a possibility—stay tuned.

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
William Dufour (CAN), Vincent Despont (SUI), Noah Patenaude (SUI)
--ditto for the Sea Dogs players from these two countries

Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
Joshua Roy (CAN), David Spacek (CZE)
--Quiet games for both players in Canada’s 5-1 win.

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Sebastian Cossa (CAN), Jakub Demek (SVK), Luca Hauf (GER)
--Canada pummelled Slovakia, 11-1, but Cossa didn’t play. Demek was a -3 in 19:23 of ice time. Germany, meanwhile, is in the other group but has qualified for the playoffs, so a future meeting is still possible.

Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Olen Zellweger (CAN), Ronan Seeley (CAN), Michal Gut (CZE)
--Seeley had an assist and Zellweger played 20:24, most on the team. Gut was a -1, so the Canadians get some small measure of bragging rights here as well.

Regina Pats (WHL)
Connor Bedard (CAN), Stanislav Svozil (CZE)
--Bedard had one assist and Svozil didn’t play

Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Zack Ostapchuk (CAN), Fabian Lysell (SWE), Samuel Honzek (SVK)
--Ostapchuk scored the final goal in an 11-1 Canada win over Slovakia, but those countries are in a different group from Sweden, so neither he nor Honzek have faced Lysell (yet).

Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
Carson Lambos (CAN), Maximilian Streule (SUI)
--the teams have yet to meet

Providence College (NCAA)
Riley Duran (USA), Jaroslav Chmelar (CZE)
--The Americans and Czechs are in different groups but might yet play in the playoffs.

University of Vermont (NCAA)
Joel Maatta (FIN), Raimonds Vitolins (LAT)
--Finland thumped Latvia, 6-1, on the first day of competition, but neither player had much of an impact.

Des Moines Bucaneers (USHL)
Remington Keopple (USA), Lubomir Kupco (SVK)
--also in different groups, and with Slovakia eliminated they won’t meet this year

Ilves Tampere (FIN)
Leo Loof (SWE), Jakub Kos (CZE)
--different groups with the possibility of meeting later

Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Leevi Merilainen (FIN), Topi Niemela (FIN), Ville Koivunen (FIN), Ales Cech (CZE)
--One of the best games so far saw Finland beat Czechia, 4-3, in a shootout. Cech wasn’t a factor for his team, but goalie Merilianen got the win for Suomi, and Niemala had an assist on Finland’s third goal in the third period.

Lulea HF (SWE)
Jesper Wallstedt (SWE), Dans Locmelis (LAT), Sandis Vilmanis (LAT)
--They’re in different groups but will meet each other in the playoffs—keep watching!

Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Ian Scherzer (AUT), William Wallinder (SWE), Calle Clang (SWE)
--Sweden beat Austria by a 6-0 count in the early going. Clang stopped just 14 shots for the easy shutout but Wallinder had a quiet game.

Sodertalje SK (SWE)
Leon Wallner (AUT), Albert Sjoberg (SWE)
--Another pairing from the 6-0 Sweden win, and both players had unspectacular games.

Skelleftea AIK (SWE)
Anton Olsson (SWE), Mans Forsfjall (SWE), Dalibor Dvorsky (SVK)
--They never faced each other in the preliminary round and won’t later this tournament either.

Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Kent Johnson (CAN), David Jiricek (CZE)
--Jiricek is a defender, but he can be thankful he wasn’t on the ice when Johnson scored his jaw-dropping lacrosse goal late in the first period.

Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Simon Edvinsson (SWE), Eemil Viro (FIN)
--different groups, with a possible playoff clash to come (or not)

Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Helge Grans (SWE), Sami Helenius (FIN)
--same as above with the Detroit SWE/FIN pairing
Kent Johnson and David Jiricek will meet again latest at the Columbus Blue Jackets camp.
photo: Chris Tanouye / HHOF-IIHF Images