The Noon Number: Representing on the World (Junior) Stage

RAHJC in action... - Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images Sport

Looking at the WJC pedigree of the current Caps' roster

12 - Number of Caps on the active roster who have represented their country at least once at the IIHF World Junior Championships:

Player Team Year(s)
Karl Alzner Canada 2006-07 (Gold), 2007-08 (Gold)
Nicklas Backstrom Sweden 2005-06, 2006-07
John Carlson USA 2009-10 (Gold)
Jason Chimera Canada 1998-99 (Silver)
Martin Erat Czech 2000-01 (Gold)
Mikhail Grabovski Belarus 2003-04
Philipp Grubauer Germany 2009-10, 2010-11
Marcus Johansson Sweden 2008-09 (Silver), 2009-10 (Bronze)
Brooks Laich Canada 2002-03 (Silver)
Michal Neuvirth Czech 2007-08
Dmitry Orlov Russia 2009-10, 2010-11 (Gold)
Alex Ovechkin Russia 2002-03 (Gold), 2003-04, 2004-05 (Silver)

The Caps will have five more prospects in this year's tournament, which gets underway today in Malmo, Sweden. Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos will be suiting up for the host country, while Connor Carrick, Thomas Dipauli and Riley Barber will be leading Team USA as it looks to repeat last year's gold medal-winning performance.

And who knows, maybe one of them has a little bit of this in them, as well...

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