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Sharks Prospects Kuraly and Hertl Named to 2013 World Junior Championship Teams

Sunday, 12.23.2012 / 6:00 PM / News

San Jose, California - USA Hockey today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect forward Sean Kuraly has been named to Team USA's 2013 World Junior Championship Team and forward Tomas Hertl has been named to the Czech Republic's 2013 World Junior Championship Team.

The 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Ufa, Russia from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013. Select games from the tournament will be televised in the United States on the NHL Network.

In a pair of tune-up games held before the tournament, Kuraly contributed one assist. That assist came on the game winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Sweden where Kuraly won an offensive zone faceoff to set up defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for the score.

Kuraly, 19, also took part in the 2012 US National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY from Aug. 4-11, 2012. Kuraly ended the camp tied for the lead in points, posting four goals and two assists in three games played.

A freshman at Miami of Ohio, Kuraly has three goals and one assist in 18 games.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Dublin, Ohio was selected by the Sharks in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The 19-year-old Hertl represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championship. There, he finished tied for first on the team in points (3-2=5) to go along with a +2 rating. Hertl was selected as one of the Czech Republic's top players in the tournament by a panel of coaches.

This season for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Extraliga, Hertl has posted 22 points (12-10=22) in 29 games. Along with leading Slavia Praha in goal scoring and tied for first on the team in points, Hertl has been named a player of the game five times. He also won gold with the Czech Republic at the 2012 Karjala Cup, an annual tournament held between national teams from Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Praha, Czech Republic was selected by the Sharks in the first round (17th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
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7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 1 1 1 2 2
M. Vlasic 1 1 1 1 2
T. Hertl 1 1 1 -1 2
J. Sheppard 1 0 2 -1 2
J. Thornton 1 1 0 1 1
P. Marleau 1 1 0 1 1
R. Torres 1 1 0 1 1
J. Pavelski 1 0 1 1 1
M. Brown 1 0 1 0 1
L. Couture 1 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 1 0 0 .912 3.00
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