Saginaw, MI – The Czech Ice Hockey Association (CIHA) announced their Under-20 roster for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships will feature Spirit forward and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Matyas Sapovaliv and prospect Petr Hauser.
Sapovaliv finished the 2021-22 OHL season with 52 points in 68 games. He won 711 of 1,369 faceoffs this season for a 51.9% success rate. Only Tucker Robertson of Peterborough and Rory Kerins of the Soo took more faceoffs this season than Sapovaliv. At the conclusion of the 2021-22 regular season, Sapovaliv was named to the OHL First All-Rookie All-Star Team.
The Vegas Golden Knights selected Sapovaliv in the second round, 48th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Hauser was selected by the Spirit in the 2022 CHL Import Draft in the second round, 62nd overall.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound winger appeared in 41 games this season for HC Sparta Praha Under-20 Team, scoring 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points. This earned Hauser a call-up to the Czech second professional league, where he appeared in 15 games for HC Stadion Litomerice scoring one goal and one assist. Hauser was also named to the Czechia Under-20 World Junior Team.
The 2022 World Junior Championship begins August 9 – August 20 in Edmonton. Alberta, Canada.