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The national team’s head coach Harijs Vītoliņš stated in the morning news program “900 seconds” that he is currently trying not to talk or mention the bronze medals won in the dressing room, because there is hard work ahead: “The medals won will not give us points this year and we will have to win everything again.”

Latvian hockey players are scheduled to play six test matches at home and two away this spring. On April 4 and 5, the games with Austria will take place behind closed doors at the Daugava Ice Hall.

On April 10 and 11, “Arena Riga” will host matches with Finland, meanwhile, on April 26 and 27, away matches with Switzerland will take place. On the other hand, on May 3 and 4, the preparatory cycle will end with test matches against Norway.

In the Latvian national team, the head coach Harijs Vītoliņš is assisted this year by coaches Lauris Dārziņš, Artūrs Irbe, Petri Nummelins, Ville Peltonens, Raimonds Vilkoits, video coach Pēteris Groms and physical training specialist Āriks Visockis.

Schedule of test matches:

  • April 4 – at 19.00 Latvia against Austria (TV6, “”)
  • April 5 – at 19.00 Latvia against Austria (TV6, “”)
  • April 10 – at 19.30 Latvia against Finland (TV6, “”)
  • April 11 – at 19.30 Latvia against Finland (TV6, “”)
  • April 25 – at 19.00 Switzerland vs. Latvia (TV6, “”)
  • April 26 – at 19.00 Switzerland vs. Latvia (TV6, “”)
  • May 3 – at 19.30 Latvia vs. Norway (TV6, “”)
  • May 4. at 19.30 Latvia vs. Norway (TV6, “”)

This year’s world hockey championship will be held in the Czech cities of Prague and Ostrava from May 10 to 26. Latvian hockey players will play in one group against the national teams of France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the USA.

List of Latvian national team candidates for test matches:


  • Ivars Punnenov (Lakers of Rappersvile-Jonas, Switzerland)
  • Erik Vitols (KeuPa, Finland)
  • Oliver Banterson (Mogo/LSPA)


  • Robert Mamcic (“Nove Zamky”, Slovakia)
  • Arvils Bergmanis (University of Alaska Fairbanks, NCAA)
  • Arthur Andjan (Hemenlinna HPK, Finland)
  • Marcus Komul (Lions of Trois-Rivières, Canada)
  • Ralph Bergmanis (University of Vermont, NCAA)
  • Robert Kalķis (Marseille, France)
  • Patrik Ozol (Jihlava “Dukla”, Czech Republic)


  • Robert Bukart (Rider of Vítkovice, Czech Republic)
  • Filips Buncis (Vesterviks IK, Sweden)
  • Renard Krastenberg (Graz 99ers, Austria)
  • Haralds Egle (Liptovski Mikuláš “MHK 32”, Slovakia)
  • Rihards Marenis (Niebro “Vikings”, Sweden)
  • Oskars Lapinskis (Langnavs Tigers, Switzerland)
  • Rihards Melalksnis (Olten, Switzerland)
  • Jānis Vizbelis (Elmira College, NCAA)
  • Kristaps Skrastiņš, Martins Laviņš (both – University of New Hampshire, NCAA)
  • Felix Gavar (St. Lawrence University, NCAA)

The article is in Latvian


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