BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – May 9, 2019 – Four players and two coaches with WCHA ties will participate in the 2019 IIHF World Championship when the annual tournament gets underway Friday in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.
Former Ferris State goaltender and current Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is serving as the head coach for the United States while former Alaska Anchorage netminder Kevin Reiter will be behind the U.S. bench as one of Blashill's assistant coaches.
This is Blashill's third season at the helm of Team USA. He led the Americans to a Bronze medal in 2018 and fifth-place finish in 2017. Reiter is making his U.S. Men's National Team coaching debut in Slovakia and currently serves as the director of player personnel for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.
Two former players and one current player from Minnesota State will also participate in Slovakia. Junior Marc Michaelis, who was a team captain in 2018-19, will suit up for Germany. The Manheim, Germany native had 42 points on 19 goals and 23 assists last season for the Mavericks. This is Michaelis' second appearance at Worlds for Germany.
Former Maverick Teddy Blueger, who made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh this season, will skate for Latvia for the third time in his career (2017, 2018). The Riga, Latvia native was an alternate captain and team MVP as a senior at Minnesota State in 2016.
Evan Mosey, who played in Mankato from 2009-13, will make his IIHF debut with Great Britain at this year's tournament. He spent this past season with Cardiff of the EIHL.
Alaska freshman netminder Gustavs Grigals joins Blueger on the Latvia roster. The Riga, Latvia native finished 5-6-1 with a .900 save percentage in his debut season with the Nanooks.
The United States will open IIHF Pool A play on Friday against host Slovakia in Kosice. Germany and Great Britain are also in Pool A and will face each other on Saturday in Kosice. Latvia will play in Pool B in the preliminary round and also opens on Saturday, facing Austria in Bratislava.
One other current WCHA player participated in an IIHF event this spring. Lake Superior State sophomore Yuki Miura took the ice for Japan at the IIHF Division I Group B Championship in Estonia that wrapped up on May 4. Japan finished third in the tournament behind group winner Romania and runner-up Poland.
Fans can watch select games from the Men's World Championship live on FloHockey.tv.