Lauris Dārziņš and Teodors Bļugers joined the team on Saturday, when the Latvian Hockey Federation (LHF) announced that Rūdolfs Balcers was expected on Monday, who played 36 games this season and scored 14 (5 + 9) in the "Senators" in Ottawa. In the first training he was in the same line as Rodrigo Apple and Thomas Anderson, while the first three included Darwin, Bluger and Kaspars Daugavins.
Bicevskis joined Balcera, who recorded 10 (2 + 8) points at this year's Czech Republic's 41 regular tournaments. He has participated in two world championships in his career.
Edgars Kulda, who continues to treat knee injuries, has not trained on Monday. Wednesday's composition is expected to be supplemented by the top league champion Edgars Siksna and Janis Jaks who played at the American Student Championship (NCAA).
There are currently 17 assailants in the sample, but 14 are usually nominated for the World Championship, which means that there are three more. The Czech champion Guntis Galviņš will also be on the defensive line along with Siksnem and Jake, so that three players will need to show this position.
Before the World Championship, Latvia will play two matches with Switzerland on 3 and 4 May.
Composition of Latvian candidates
Goalkeeper: Christ Gudevsky ("Dinamo", Riga), Gustav Dāvis Grigals ("Alaska-Fairbanks", NCAA), Janis Auzins ("Prism").
Guards: Uvis Balinskis, Kristaps Sotnieks, Kristaps Zīle (all – Dinamo Riga), Krišjānis Riedlihs ("Kunlun Red Star", KHL), Oskars Cibuļskis ("Hradec Králové", Czech Republic) Arthur Kulda ("Severstal", KHL), Robert Mummy ("Liepaja").
Attackers: Gints Meija, Vitaly Pavlov, Oskar Batna, Martin Dzierkals, Emil Ginger (all – Dinamo Riga), Rodrigo Apple ("Orebro", Sweden), Mick Indruck ("Dynamo", KHL), Kaspars Daugaviņš ("Spartak") KHL) Rihards Marenis ("Mogo"), Rihards Bukarts ("Wild Wings", Germany), Edgars Kulda ("Zlin", Czech Republic), Robert Bukarts ("Sparta", Czech Republic), Ronald King ("Lausanne") Switzerland ), Tom Anderson ("Langenthal", Switzerland-2), Lauris Dārziņš ("Dinamo" in Riga), Theodore Bluger ("Penguins", NHL), Rudolf Balcers ("Senator", NHL).
Dārziņš – Bluger – Daugavins
Balcers – Apple – Anderson
Dzierkals – Index – Ro. Bukarts
Ginger – Batna – Meia
Marenis – Pavlov-Ri. Bukarts
A. Kulda Cibuļskis
Freiberg – Warrior
Balinski – Zile
Mamichi – Ulli Broze (@UlvisBrozhe) t April 29, 2019