As of December
17, all of the preliminary rosters for this year's World Juniors have been set.
The sole final roster in the books is from the host team, Canada. The remaining
nine teams are unhurriedly and carefully preparing for pre-tournament
competition with their cast of possible players.
Bjorkstrand, head coach of Denmark junior team, interestingly enough is an
American born hockey player and coach. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he played
for the University of Maine from1980-1984. He then took his on ice talents to
Denmark playing in the Danish League from 1988-2002, achieving top goal scorer
for the league during the 1990-1991 season.
At last year's
tournament the Danish team received promotion to play in this year's top
Here is their
Goalkeepers:Sebastian Feuk, Herlev Eagles
Defensemen:Jannik Christensen, EfB Esbjerg
Mark Mller Larsen, Frederikshavn White Hawks
Forwards:Patrick Bjorkstrand, Herning Blue Fox
Aside from the change in ranking up to the top division, Bjorkstrand's
two sons Oliver and Patrick, who both play for the Herning Blue Fox, are
joining forces in quest of a medal. There are three other players on this
roster who also play for Herning, which could translate great chemistry on the
ice for this Danish team.
The Bjorkstrand family trip with the rest of the Danish National Junior
Team in tow is going to be all business: it's time to make an ever-lasting impression
in this top ranked division at the 2012 WJC.
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