Eurasian Country Joins World Hockey Group Europe Programming

This week, the country of Georgia became the 17th different country to join the World Hockey Group Europe programming. The Georgia Selects youth hockey teams will compete at upcoming WHG events like the 2022 European Hockey Festival this summer in Prague, Czech Republic.

The family of Selects programs includes countries such as Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Latvia, Alps, Ukraine, Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, England and now, Georgia.

“It is a great honor to announce that the world’s leading organization for hosting youth hockey tournaments has invited Georgia to become a part of the World Hockey Group’s big hockey family,” said Georgia national team head coach Roland Svanidze. “We have a unique opportunity to assemble a Georgian Selects team, under the flag of Georgia, to participate in top-level international tournaments.”

The first of those tournaments will be Euro Hockeyfest; an event slated to begin this July in various locations including Stockholm, Paris and Prague. 

“To be on the ice as one team and to compete against the best hockey players in the world will allow our boys to rapidly improve not only their individual skills, but also their team interactions,” said Svanidze. “In a few years, following the example of the Finland Selects and the Sweden Selects, we will raise and develop a strong core for our national team.”

Young hockey players from all over the world with Georgian roots are encouraged to join and become an important part of the Georgia Selects program.

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