Danbury goalie Berzins to represent Latvia at IIHF World Juniors
Patricks Berzins, goaltender of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks has been selected to the Latvian World Junior Team that will be competing at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s U20 World Junior Championships in Montcon, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Berzins has posted a .921 save percentage in 13 games in a Hat Tricks uniform, his first playing experience on North American ice, a top-15 save percentage in the NAHL.
The Talsi, Latvia, native is committed to play at the University of Maine (NCAA DI). He played at the 2022 World Juniors for Latvia, taking the net for one game against Canada on August 9th, 2022, in which he stopped 39 of 44 shots in a 5-2 Canadian win.
Latvia is in Group B of the World Juniors’ Top Division. The team is scheduled for four games in the preliminary round, starting with a matchup with the United States on December 26th at 5PM EST/6PM AST. The other games are on December 27th against Switzerland, December 29th against Finland, and December 30th against Slovakia. All scheduled games will be played at the Avenir Center in Montcon, New Brunswick.