The Columbus Blue Jackets Organization Will Be Well Represented At The 2021 IIHF World Championships

By Dan Dukart on May 20, 2021 at 1:45 pm
Eric Robinson skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers
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The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't competing for the Stanley Cup, but 11 players within the organization will be playing for hardware as the 2021 IIHF World Championship is set to begin on Friday, May 21st.

With many players opting out of competing due to a condensed NHL season, coupled with the stresses that come with playing during COVID-19, many countries had no choice but to go deep into their coffers to field competitive teams. 

Several players that one would expect to have been extended invitations, including Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Elvis Merzlikins, Patrik Laine, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson, etc. will not be in attendance.  

Blue Jackets In The 2021 IIHF World Championships
Eric Robinson Forward USA
Adam Clendening  Defense USA
Liam Foudy Forward Canada
Justin Danforth  Forward Canada
Vladislav Gavrikov Defense Russia
Mikhail Grigorenko  Forward Russia
Dmitri Voronkov  Forward Russia
Kirill Marchenko Forward Russia
Matiss Kivlenieks Goalie Latvia
Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm Defense Norway
Samuel Knazko Defense Slovakia

Matiss Kivlenieks, the organization's no. 3 netminder, will be representing the host Latvia, giving him the net usually occupied by Merzlikins. 

The tournament, which will be held entirely in Latvia, ends on June 6. 

H/T to Reddit user u/Canadian_Primus 

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