The Prince George Cougars are proud to announce forward Filip Koffer (’01) has been named to the Czech Republic’s roster for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The tournament will run December 25th– January 5th in Edmonton, AB.
“Playing on the biggest stage for junior hockey will only further help Filip’s development and we can’t wait to see him represent the Cougars in Edmonton come Boxing Day,” said Cougars’ General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb.
Koffer is the second Cougar in the last two weeks to be named to a national team roster for the tournament. Goaltender Taylor Gauthier was officially named to Canada’s 25-man roster on December 11th. The last time the Cougars has two representatives at the World Junior Hockey Championship was in 2012, when Brett Connolly and Martin Marincin suited up for Canada and Slovakia respectively.
This season, Koffer has been on loan to HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech2 League. He has posted three points (1g, 2a) in 10 games.
Koffer was the Cougars top rookie scorer with 24 points (9g-15a) in 59 regular season games last season and was seventh in team scoring. Two seasons ago, the product of Hradec Kralove, CZE played for HC Dynamo Pardubice in the Czech Under-19 league, where he amassed 38 points (10g-28a) in 34 regular season games. The 19-year-old was selected 10th overall by the Cougars in the 2019 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
The 5’10, 165-pound winger has suited up for his country before. Koffer won a bronze medal at the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in Edmonton. He led the Czechs in scoring at the 2019 World Under-18 Hockey Championship, after he posted six points (4g-2a) in five games and took part in the Czech Republic World Junior Selection Camp last December.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before the Czech Republic kicks off its tournament schedule on Boxing Day against Sweden at 11 am PT. TSN will broadcast all 28 tournament games.