Pictured: Patrik Misiuk, South Shore Kings (NCDC) and Team Lithuania.
The World Junior Championships Division 2 tournaments are underway, and USPHL players are hitting the ice for their respective countries as they work to move up to higher-tier tournaments within the overall WJC structure.
Division 2 Group A play began Sunday in Estonia, and Lithuania and Great Britain - both of whom have USPHL players on their rosters - will face each other at 1 p.m. EST.
Go to this link to watch the game: http://bit.ly/2Fptip2
Ignotas Ragas, Richmond Generals
Playing in the Division 2 Group A tournament, Ragas is in his third WJC Under-20 tournament. He was a member of the Gold Medal-winning Lithuania team in 2017 that moved up to the Division 1 Group B tournament for 2018. Lithuania was relegated back to D2A for this year, so they are hoping to make the jump back to D1 to stay.
Ragas has played 59 USPHL Premier games over the last two seasons. Prior to that, he played in 32 USPHL Elite games. All of his USPHL games have been with the Generals.
This year, he has five goals and 10 points in 29 games for the Generals, and he'll return to the team after the WJC.
Patrik Misiuk, South Shore Kings
Misiuk is a second-year NCDC player, playing last year with the Boston Bandits and this year with the Kings. He has four goals and eight points in 29 NCDC games.
Martynas Miliunas, Potomac Patriots
Miliunas is a first-year Patriot, and is in his third year of representing his country. In 32 USPHL Premier games, he had a goal and an assist. He also had two assists in three USPHL Elite games.
Dominykas Motiejünas, Potomac Patriots
The second member on Team Lithuania from the Patriots, Motiejunas is a second-year defenseman for the Potomac squad. In 62 USPHL Premier games, he has two goals and 14 points.
Motiejunas has represented Lithuania each year since 2015 in international play, including being a member of the Gold Medal team with Ragas in 2017.
Aleksey Nikiforov, Coach
Nikiforov is also head coach of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 15U squad. A native of Elektrenai, Lithuania, Nikiforov was also coach of Team Lithuania last year.
Morgan Pizzo, Syracuse Stars
Pizzo is a first-year Stars player who has seven goals and 17 points in 20 games played. He is in his second year with Team Great Britain, having helped them to earn the Bronze Medal last year.
Mason Alderson, Islanders Hockey Club
From the NCDC Islanders, Alderson is a London product who has played in 18 USPHL games so far, scoring a pair of goals and adding three assists.
This is Alderson's third time representing Great Britain, the first two coming in the World Under-18 Championships.
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs players Tobie Collard and Eef Gerritsen will represent the Netherlands in the World Junior Championships Division 2 Group B.
This will be Collard's sixth time representing Netherlands in international play. He has played five games with the Monarchs' NCDC team and five games with their Premier team this season.
Gerritsen is a member of the Monarchs' 18U squad, and he has represented the Netherlands on three occasions.
A first-year South Shore King, Falmy is a big stay-at-home defenseman for the USPHL Premier Kings. He has two assists in 25 games and is representing Australia in the Division 3 championships in Iceland.