Notre Dame's Pivonka and Stastney on U.S. team
Notre Dame players Jake Pivonka and Spencer Stastney are competing on the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
The U.S. team suffered a 6-4 loss to Canada in Thursday’s opener and meets Germany at 1 p.m. Friday.
The tournament is Dec. 26–Jan. 5.
In addition, Notre Dame’s director of hockey operations, Nick Siergiej, is serving in a similar role for Team USA. Siergiej also served in that capacity in 2016 when Team USA earned bronze in Helsinki, Finland.
Pivonka, a sophomore forward, has played in 17 games this season, totaling four goals and four assists for eight points. Last season as a freshman, he played 39 games and finished the year with two goals and eight assists for 10 points. He was a fourth round draft choice (103rd overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Stastney, a sophomore defenseman, has played in all 18 games this season, scoring two goals and adding six assists for eight points. As a freshman, Stastney played in 39 games, scoring a goal and adding three assists for four points.
He was a fifth round draft choice (131st overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2018 NHL Draft.