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The 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships will be taking place from December 26th through January 5th. This year, the Habs will have a pair of representatives, Sebastian Collberg (Sweden) and Alex Galchenyuk (USA). Montreal also has a pair of players participating in the Spengler Cup, David Desharnais (Gotteron) and Raphael Diaz (Davos). As is our annual tradition, we will be tracking each players' progress throughout their tournaments.
|RW Sebastian Collberg (Team Sweden)|
|Dec. 26||Czech Republic||1||0||0||+1||1|
|Jan. 4||United States||0||0||0||-2||3|
Player Notes: Collberg recorded an assist on Sweden's lone goal in their final exhibition game against Team Canada. * - He was 1/2 in shootout opportunities, his goal was the winner in the semi-finals vs Russia. As a result, he is credited with a goal in that game. All 5 of his non-shootout points were on the powerplay. Collberg led Team Sweden in goals (4) and points (6 - tied).
|C/LW Alex Galchenyuk (Team USA)|
|Jan. 2||Czech Republic||0||1||2||E||1|
Player Notes: Galchenyuk averaged 14:32 of ice time in the two pre-tournament games. He was named Team USA's Player of the Game vs Germany. Galchenyuk finished the tournament tied for 10th in tournament scoring, fourth best on Team USA.
After the first day of the tournament, opponents are determined by who won and lost on Day 1.
|C David Desharnais (Fribourg-Gotteron)|
|Dec. 26||UFA Salavat||0||0||2||E||1|
Player Notes: Desharnais was 46/72 (63.8%) on faceoffs in the tournament.
|D Raphael Diaz (HC Davos)|
|Dec. 28||Mannheim||DNP - Healthy Scratch*|
|Dec. 29||UFA Salavat||0||0||0||-1||5|
|Dec. 30||Vitkovice||DNP - Healthy Scratch*|
* - As Diaz is a player acquired specifically for the tournament, he was only eligible to play in a maximum of 3 games as per an agreement with his club team in the NLA.
Over the years, many of the present Habs and Bulldogs have represented their homeland in the World Juniors. Here is a look at how each has fared.
|Tomas Kaberle||1998||Czech Rep.||7||1||1||2||2|
* - Andrei Markov was listed on the 1998 team but did not play.
|Tomas Plekanec||'01-'02||Czech Rep.||14||4||5||9||6|
^ - Includes one year of Division I (2009)