Latvia is the Little Team that Could at World Juniors


EDMONTON – “We just made history!”

You did indeed, Martins Lavins. 

After going 0-27 all-time before this in the round-robin, Latvia won its first preliminary round game in the top division with a major 5-2 win over Czechia on Sunday, the team’s final game of the opening round. That meant they were off to the quarterfinal for the first time, too, sending Slovakia home a month after the team produced three first-round NHL prospects — all who elected to stay home.


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