WJC Check In: How Are Columbus Blue Jackets’ Representatives Doing At The World Juniors?

By Will Chase on August 12, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Kent Johnson of Team Canada during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Kent Johnson (IIHF photo)

Hockey is back!

After the World Juniors were prematurely cut short last December due to Covid concerns, the tournament is now off and running once again, starting over from scratch on Aug. 9 and will go through Aug. 20 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

The Columbus Blue Jackets organization is represented by five players including current Blue Jacket forward Kent Johnson on Team Canada, defensemen David Jiricek and Stanislav Svozil, forward Martin Rysavy, and goaltender Pavel Cajan of Team Czechia.

As Johnson can view this tournament opportunity as a tuneup for Blue Jackets training camp in the coming weeks ahead of the 2022-23 season, Jiricek was of course drafted in July.

He was named player of the game in Tuesday's win, a 5-4 Czechia victory over Slovakia. In that game, Jiricek initially had an assist—it's since been taken away—on Rysavy's first period goal to open the scoring and had six shots in 21:37 ice time.

As a side note, David Spacek, son of former Blue Jacket, Jaroslav Spacek, is playing in the World Juniors with Czechia. Canada and Czechia are off on Friday and will battle each other on Saturday in Group A play at 6:00 pm ET.