Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has officially been named to the Czech Republic’s roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championships.
The tournament will be held in his home country, beginning on May 1.
It will be the third straight year that Hertl will compete in the Worlds. The 21-year-old had 3 goals and 6 points in 9 games for the Czech Republic last year, joining the team after the Sharks were eliminated in the first round the Stanley Cup playoffs. He also tweaked his surgically repaired right knee in the tournament, setting back his offseason training regimen.
Hertl had 13 goals and 31 points in 82 games with the Sharks in 2014-15.
Sharks prospect Nikita Jevpalovs will also play in the World Championships for Latvia. The 20-year-old forward was signed by San Jose as a free agent on Jan. 26, and recorded 100 points (49g, 51a) in 64 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL. He was second in the league in goals, and fourth in scoring.
Other Sharks participating in the World Championships include Ben Smith (USA) and Brent Burns (Canada). The Canadian team is coached by former Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.
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The Worcester Sharks staved off elimination on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win in Hershey. They trail the best-of-five first round series, two games to one.
Micheal Haley and Chris Tierney each had one goal and one assist in the win, Troy Grosenick made 27 saves in his first playoff start, and Worcester scored twice on the power play.
The series resumes on Friday in Hershey. Game 5, if necessary, would be on Sunday.