Muskies to represent the USHL and United States at Junior Club World Cup in Russia
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
The Muskies will be the third team in USHL to compete at the JCWC.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The Sioux City Musketeers have been selected by the United State Hockey League to represent the league and the United States at the Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia in August.
It's the third straight year a team from the USHL will represent the US.
The event is the most prestigious international club championship and will feature 10 teams and eight countries.
New President and Commissioner Bob Fallen says the Musketeers were chosen for it's "organizational strength and competitive nature."
In his first year, Head Coach Jay Varady guided the Muskies to 38 wins and advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
"It really has to do with our organization structure, the ownership group and their commitment to the club and players," Head Coach Jay Varady said. "The other thing is, I think we have a bunch of players who bought in and did a good job here last year. Hopefully we bring in the next bunch and we continue to build the culture."
The Muskies will compete in Group B against Austria, Latvia, Russia and Sweden.
Group A features teams from Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland and Russia.
The top two teams of each group advance to the semifinals.
The previous two years, the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Waterloo Black Hawks participated in the cup, taking home the bronze and silver medals.
"We are the only nation to have medalled in the first two events," USHL President & Commissioner Bob Fallen said. "I think that says something about the quality of play in the USHL."
"I think it's going to be fun representing your country in international play," Muskies Captain Neal Pionk added. "It's like coach (Jay Varady) said, we're going over to win and going over to get a gold medal."
The Junior Club World Cup begins August 22.
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