New York. Matthew Kneiss will likely wear the USA jersey at the Junior World Hockey Championship.
The 19-year-old University of Minnesota leader received an invitation to join the national team, which could be disposed of, perhaps only due to health complications.
It is interesting that Knies are of Slovak roots. Both his parents are from Bratislava. They moved abroad before he was born.
Knies grew up in America, but in the Slovak environment, which he also confirmed in the last NHL Network interview.
“At home, we still speak Slovak, because the grandparents don’t speak English at all,” he said. “We cook Slovak dishes and such. We try to preserve the traditions.”
The Americans will compete in Slovakia in the main group of the World Under-20 Championship. This will be an especially special moment for Knies.
“It’s going to be fun,” the talented striker added with a smile. “I don’t even know who my parents will cheer on.” “I will definitely remember that match for a long time.”
Knies represents the United States as he was born and raised here. to the question new timeIf you want to wear a Slovakia shirt, he replied:
“When I was young, I played with the Slovak team in the tournament in Quebec for a few weeks. I would definitely like to represent the Slovak Republic, although at the moment it is probably not possible, as I do not have a Slovak player’s passport. However, I am inclined to that idea. And I’m justifiably proud, as well as where my parents came from.”
There is also interest in the Knies in the NHL. In the last draft, he was elected in the second round as a total of 57 in a row. Chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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