The Ogden Mustangs are proud to announce that forward Gleb Krivoshpakin (Ukraine) and forward Emil Svartbro (Estonia) have been selected to compete for their respective countries in the upcoming Men’s Ice Hockey Olympic Qualification Round in February.
Krivoshapkin will make his second National team appearance during his tenure with Mustangs after representing Ukraine during the IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group B tournament in December. Ukraine won the bronze medal with a 7-3 victory over Estonia in the final game of the tournament.
The Ukrainian speedster is representing his country for the first time at the Olympic level. He has previously been a member of both the U18 (’17, ’18) and U20 (’18, ’19, ’20) junior teams and collecting 15 points in 22 appearances in all. Former Mustangs goaltender ArturOgandzhanyan will join Krivoshapkin on team Ukraine. Ogandzhanyan will be making his second overall appearance on the Men’s National team and first with the Olympic roster.
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is the host of Group H.
Emil Svartbro will be representing Estonia for the first time at the Olympic level and fourth overall. He has been a member for the U20 teams since 2017-18 while scoring one goal and one assist in eight games.
In January 2019, Estonia captured the gold medal in the IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group A tournament on home ice in Tallin, Estonia.
The gold medal victory promoted Estonia to Division I Group B, where they would face teams such as Ukraine, Hungary, and France. In the gold medal-clinching game against Korea, Svartbro scored a massive goal for his country en route to a 7-2 victory.
Nottingham, Great Britain is the host of Group J.
Both Krivoshapkin and Svartbro will return to Ogden following the completion of their Olympic Qualification rounds.
The Mustangs (35-3-1-1) return home to the Ice Sheet next week to host the Bellingham Blazers (10-20-0-1) after a bye-week.