GROUP A: SWITZERLAND
Last year’s finish: Fifth
Last year’s round-robin record: 2-0-0-2
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The Swiss junior team in this year’s tournament, much like its home country, could be classified as holding the middle ground. The Swiss are too good to be easily dismissed by the competition, but not expected to be good enough to challenge for gold.
“The bigger teams like Sweden, Russia or Canada, they don’t really expect much from us,” said returning Swiss defenceman Dario Trutmann, who plays for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. “They think that Switzerland doesn’t have enough good players, but I’m still sure they’ll be ready for us.
“We’re not going there to lose.”
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