By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

The two Austrian talents drafted by NHL clubs Marco Rossi and Thimo Nickl will lead Austria’s U20 national ice hockey team in there only preparatory tournament for the U20 World Championships in Edmonton in December. The forward Marco Rossi, who was drafted by Minnesota Wild at number 9, and defender Thimo Nickl, who was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks at number 104, can be seen at the St. Polten U20 Cup from November 5-7 against Belarus, Denmark and Latvia in St. Polten, Austria.

At the U20 World Championships , which the teams will contest in a “bubble” in Edmonton, the ÖEHV selection starts against the USA (December 26th), followed by the games against Sweden (December 28th), Russia (December 29th) and the Czech Republic (December 31st) .). Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, there is no relegation this year.

For the members of the Austria’s U20 national ice hockey team, three negative coronavirus tests are necessary within a week in order to be able to take the charter flight to Edmonton on December 13th.