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Bjorkstrand Family and Team Denmark in Top Ranked Division at 2012 WJC Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 17 Dec 2011  
By: Jackie Daly

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.

Todd 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 division.

Here is their preliminary roster:

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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