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Four More NCHC Alumni Set to Participate in 2021 IIHF Men's World Championship

By NCHC, 05/19/21, 3:45PM EDT


Bernard-Docker, Stecher named to Team Canada; Hoff, Pettersen selected to Team Norway

RIGA, Latvia – After four former National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) players were named to U.S., Finland and Germany’s national teams last week, four more NCHC alumni were named to national team rosters this week. Former North Dakota defensemen Jacob Bernard-Docker and Troy Stecher were both selected to Team Canada, while former UND forward Ludvig Hoff and former Denver forward Emilio Pettersen will represent their native Norway. In all, eight former NCHC standouts are now set to represent their countries at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men’s World Championship, which runs May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

Bernard-Docker (Canmore, Alta.) finished a three-year career at North Dakota in 2021, before signing with the Ottawa Senators in April. The Senators first-round draft pick was named NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year in 2020-21 and Second-Team All-NCHC after tallying 18 points in 27 games this past season as a junior. For his college career, Bernard-Docker totaled 60 points (15g, 45a) in 95 career games on UND’s blue line. He appeared in five games for the Senators at the end of the NHL regular season, making his NHL debut April 14. Bernard-Docker previously won gold for Team Canada at the 2020 World Junior Championship.

Stecher (Richmond, B.C.) was also a three-year defenseman at North Dakota, appearing in 119 games from 2013-16. He garnered Second-Team All-NCHC honors in 2015-16 as a junior, when he racked up 29 points in 43 games to help UND win the NCAA national championship. Overall, Stecher compiled 53 points (13g/40a) while at UND, serving as an assistant captain his final season when he was an All-American. He signed with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent in 2016, playing there for four seasons, before signing a free agent deal with the Detroit Red Wings for the 2020-21 season. This past season, he tallied 11 points in 44 games on the Red Wings blue line and has 86 career NHL points (14g/72a) in 330 games played. Stecher won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship, the last time the tournament was contested.

Hoff (Oslo, Norway) played three seasons at North Dakota from 2016-2019, playing in 92 games, while totaling 36 points (10g/26a). He previously represented Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship. Hoff currently plays for the Stavanger Oilers in Norway.

Pettersen (Manglerud, Norway) played two seasons at Denver from 2018-2020, earning Second-Team All-NCHC as a sophomore in 2019-20 when he totaled 35 points in 36 games. In his two years at DU, Pettersen compiled 65 points (19g/46a) in 76 games, before signing with the Calgary Flames, who drafted him in 2018, in April of 2020. This past season, Pettersen appeared in 29 games for the Stockton Heat, the Flames’ AHL affiliate, racking up 14 points (6g/8a).

Canada and Norway are both in Group B for the Men’s World Championship, along with Team USA, Finland and Germany (plus host Latvia, Italy and Kazakhstan), meaning all eight NCHC alumni will all face each other during the group stage, which runs through June 1. The knockout round begins on June 3 with the final set for June 6.

Three other alumni of NCHC teams were also announced on Team USA last week (Matt Tennyson, Chris Wideman and Anthony Stolarz), while two other alumni of NCHC teams will also participate at the Men’s World Championship. Former Denver goalie Jussi Olkinuora (2011-13) will suit up for his native Finland, while former Omaha defenseman Andrej Sustr (2010-13), who played five years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is representing the Czech Republic.

Adding Bernard-Docker and Pettersen, who are first time participants, a total of 16 NCHC alumni will have competed at the IIHF Men’s World Championship for six different countries, including eight players for five different countries in 2021.

NCHC Alumni Playing in 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship
Jacob Bernard-Docker, North Dakota – Canada
Ludvig Hoff, North Dakota – Norway
Oliwer Kaski, Western Michigan - Finland
Trevor Moore, Denver – USA
Emilio Pettersen, Denver - Norway
Troy Stecher, North Dakota – Canada
Frederik Tiffels, Western Michigan - Germany
Christian Wolanin, North Dakota - USA

Past NCHC Alumni to Play in IIHF Men’s World Championship

Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Nick Schmaltz, F, UND - USA
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany

Will Butcher, D, DU - USA (bronze)
Blake Coleman, F, Miami - USA (bronze)
Ludvig Hoff, F, UND - Norway
Tyson Jost, F, UND - Canada
Charlie Lindgren, G, SCSU - USA (bronze)
Jordan Oesterle, D, WMU - USA (bronze)
Neal Pionk, D, UMD - USA (bronze)
Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany

Tyson Jost, F, UND - Canada (silver)
Oliwer Kaski, D, WMU - Finland (gold)
Patrick Russell, F, SCSU - Denmark
Troy Stecher, D, UND - Canada (silver)
Frederik Tiffels, F, WMU - Germany
Christian Wolanin, D, UND - USA