Last year, Latvian representation played in elite Division. This year, they have even nine players from that championship, and it is particularly significant that four of those players play in United States. This season, a team named "Riga" was founded that competes in junior version of Kontinental Hockey League - MHL. That team is on the top of the league and some of their players are among the best players of the league - Upitis is the fourth goalscorer, while Bicevskis is on 23rd, Mickevics on 33rd and Biezais on the 38th place. Also, Sevcenko and Poreis are on 18th and 19th place in performance of defenders. This generation already won the first place on a championship, last year on U18 World Championships Division 1. So, Latvian U20 representation have players from Russian school and US experience, and with such qualities and teamwork they are very serious candidate for the gold medals. On the other hand, Brits won the right to play in Division One after two years. They are made of players from British teams and there is a great difference in quality. At the beginning of the championship, Brits could give someone trouble to Latvians. However, I believe that Latvians will want to show all what they want on this championship.
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