2021 IIHF: Latvia Men’s National Ice Hockey Team preview, live stream, schedule, statistics, roster and updates

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Team Latvia

For the second time at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, Latvia is the host nation in 2021. Hopefully, for the home team, the program can continue to make history with this year’s Worlds. Latvia is still chasing their first medal at the World Championship, and how sweet it would be if it was gold and earned on their own ice.

Of the 28 players on the 2021 roster, 18 of them were on the 2019 team that narrowly missed the playoffs. The team last made the tournament’s playoffs in 2018. They fell to the eventual champion, Sweden, but it was a good showing. Simply advancing this year would be a step in the right direction, though the goal is rightfully higher.

Tournament Details

DatesFriday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021
LocationRiga, Latvia
VenueOlympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga
ChannelNHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Live StreamPremiumTV (Worldwide)

Preview

The 2021 IIHF World Championship has already gotten interesting after the host team Latvia upset Canada on the first day. Not only was it a win for Latvia (1-0), but it was a shutout win against a talented roster. At the 2019 World Championship, Canada outscored their opponents 36-11 en route to a silver medal. Latvia, on the other hand, scored just one more goal than they allowed that year.

The scoring started for Latvia in the first period nearing the end of a power-play opportunity with just two seconds left in the frame. Miks Indrasis was credited with the score. Latvia padded their lead 18 minutes into the second period when Oskars Batna scored off of Ronalds Kenins’ second assist of the day. Canada (0-1) pulled goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper with just over three minutes left, but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.

Latvia won’t have long to celebrate the victory but should go into their Saturday contest against Kazakhstan (0-0) feeling good. With morale high, now is the perfect time to capitalize for the Latvians and keep it rolling a win over a less-experienced opponent. It is important that they settle before the game, however, as it is the perfect trap setup for Kazakhstan to pull off an upset of their own. Latvia versus Kazakhstan is at 1:15pm EST on Saturday.

Team Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
9Renars KrastenbergsForwardVSV Villach
10Lauris Darzins ForwardDinamo Riga
11Kristaps SotnieksDefensemanDinamo Riga
12Rihards MarenisForwardKiruna IF
13Gunars SkvorcovsDefensemanDinamo Riga
14Rihards BukartsForwardDinamo Riga
15Martins KarsumsForwardKrefeld Pinguine
16Kaspars DaugavinsForwardVityaz Podolsk
17Martins DzierkalsForwardDinamo Riga
18Rodrigo AbolsForwardOrebro HK
24Mikelis RedlihsForwardOlimp Riga
25Andris DzerinsForwardDinamo Riga
26Uvis BalinskisDefensemanHC Litvinov
27Oskars CibulskisDefensemanHC Litvinov
29Ralfs FreibergsDefensemanOcelari Trinec
32Arturs KuldaDefensemanNuremberg Ice Tigers
70Miks IndrasisForwardDinamo Riga
71Roberts BukartsForwardDinamo Riga
72Janis JaksDefensemanBakersfield Condors
74Ivars PunnenovsGoalkeeperSCL Tigers Langnau
77Kristaps ZileDefensemanDinamo Riga
80Matiss KivlenieksGoalkeepersCleveland Monsters
87Gints MeijaForwardBlack Wings Linz
91Ronalds KeninsForwardLausanne HC
94Kristians RubinsDefensemanToronto Marlies
95Oskars BatnaForwardAnglet Hormadi
96Maris BicevskisForwardBK Mlada Boleslav
98Janis KalninsGoalkeeperJokerit Helsinki

Prelims Schedule

Latvia is competing in Group B and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group B games are played at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

DateTimeOpponent
Friday, May 21, 20211:15pm ESTCanada
Saturday, May 22, 20211:15pm ESTKazakhstan
Monday, May 24, 20219:15am ESTItaly
Thursday, May 27, 20219:15am ESTUnited States
Friday, May 28, 20211:15pm ESTNorway
Sunday, May 30, 20211:15pm ESTFinland
Tuesday, June 1, 20211:15pm ESTGermany

How to watch IIHF 2021 Russia Men’s game live stream without cable?

In Latvia, LatTelecom has got all the rights to live broadcast and stream online. If you are an expedite and want to watch all Latvia’s games online from outside Latvia, you may need to find an alternative channel or streaming provider in your current region/location, because the LatTelecom live stream can only be viewed from Latvia. We recommend PremiumTV, as they promised to cover all IIHF games live stream online from anywhere. Their service comes with a one-time payment of $19.99 or even fans can get a free 3 day trial on a monthly plan.