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(Saginaw, MI) Saginaw Spirit forward Jan Mursak had a goal and an assist in the 4-1 Team Slovenia win over Team Estonia today. Slovenia is participating in the World Juniors Division 1, Group A Championship taking place in Odense, Denmark.

Team Slovenia's record stands at 1-1, having lost to Team Ukraine on December 11, 2006. Slovenia is scheduled to play three more games, with the tournament concluding on December 17, 2006. Mursak is joined on Team Slovenia by fellow OHL'er Ziga Pance of the Oshawa Generals.

Mursak is a native of Maribor, Slovenia and came to the Spirit in the 2006 CHL Import Draft. The 1988 born player was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. This season has seen Mursak score 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 points. He also has the distinction of holding the team's consecutive point streak record, scoring at least one point in 22 consecutive games.

The World Juniors is an annual competition that pits the best junior hockey players in the world against each other in a series of tournaments. Spirit forward Tom Pyatt was part of the Team Canada squad that won the 2006 World U-20 Championship. Spirit forward Ryan O'Marra, who was with the Erie Otters at the time, also participated in last year's gold medal winning Canada team. Canada's roster has yet to be announced.

Past World Junior Participants:

2006: Tom Pyatt, Team Canada (Gold); Michal Birner, Team Czech Republic

2005: Marek Kvapil, Team Czech Republic (Bronze)

For more information on the IIHF, please visit IIHF - INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION
 
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