It's anticlimactic perhaps, but it is now official that left wing Radek Smolenak has made the Czech Republic's team for the U-20 World Junior Championships  to be held in Western Canada after Christmas. Smolenak, who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, is currently tied for 19th in that league in scoring with 19 goals and 43 points in 30 games this season. Smolenak played for the Czech Republic in last year's U-18 tournament posting 1 assist in 5 games and a +2 rating. This will be Smolenak's first U-20 tournament.
The Czech Republic will open their tournament on December 26th against Latvia in Kamloops.