Tier 3 Around the Globe Vol 4 - Latvia
Over 200 players came from over 30 countries on 4 continents to play Tier 3 Junior Hockey in the 2015-16 season. The Tier 3 Junior Hockey Around the Globe series continues by highlighting players from Latvia. There are currently 13 Latvian players on active Tier 3 rosters listed below in alphabetical order.
Ricards Bernhards, F, 1997, Great Falls Americans
Latvian Forward Ricards Bernhards logged 12 goals and 12 assists through his first 26 games with the Great Falls Americans. A 6'4 170lb Tier 3 rookie, Bernhards earned a point in 13 games including 7 multi point efforts and 3 game winners.
Dominik Bogdzuil, Rochester Ice Hawks
Averaging over a point a game, Latvian Forward Dominik Bogdzuil logged 22 points through his first 21 games with the Rochester Ice Hawks. A 5'10 160lb Tier 3 rookie earned a point in 15 games including 6 multi point efforts.
Eduards Fjordorovs, D, 1997, Okanagan European Eagles
Latvian Defenseman Eduards Fjordorovs earned an assist for the Okanagan European Eagles on October 10th, his first at the Tier 3 level.
Verners Fricbergs, F, 1998, Carolina Eagles
Averaging over a point per game, Riga native Verners Fricbergs logged 19 goals and 12 assists through the first 29 games this season for the Carolina Eagles USPHL 3 squad. The 5'10 175lb Forward earned a point in 18 games including 10 multi point efforts and a season high 4 points on November 7th. Fricbergs 8 game winners ties for a Tier 3 best.
Markuss Komuls, D, 1998, Vermont Lumberjacks Premier
Averaging just over a point per game, Latvian Defenseman Markuss Komuls logged 6 goals and 24 assists through his first 28 games this season for the Vermont Lumberjacks Premier Squad. The 5'11 185lb skater earned a point in 14 games including 10 multi point efforts. A 1998, Komuls is in his second season with the Vermont Lumberjacks organization.
Ingus Matins, F, 1998, Southern Tier Xpress
Riga native Ingus Matins earned 4 points through 19 games with the Southern Tier Xpress. A 6'2 195lb Tier 3 veteran, Matins came to the Xpress after playing his 2014-15 campaign with the Marquette Royales.
Marks Mezsargs, F, 1997, Tri City Icehawks
Tier 3 rookie Marks Mezsargs earned 9 goals and 19 assists through his first 32 games with the USPHL Midwest Eastern Conference leading Tri City Icehawks. The 5'10 171lb forward earned a point in 21 games including 5 multi point efforts.
Valters Midegs, D, 1998, Twin City Steel/SCV Magicians
Latvian Rookie Defenseman Valters Midegs began the 2015-16 on the Twin City Steel roster before transferring to the St Croix Valley Magicians where he earned his first Tier 3 goal on November 15th.
Kristers Petraskevis, F, 1997, Nashville Jr Predators
Latvian Forward Kristers Petraskevis logged 10 points through 20 games for the Nashville Jr Predators.
Krisjanis Reinfelds, D, 1996, Tri City Icehawks
Latvian Defenseman Krisjanis Reinfelds logged 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 pointsthrough the first 32 games in his second season with the Tri City Icehawks. A Tier 3 veteran, Reinfelds played his 2012-13 campaign with the Eugene Generals of the NPHL, followed by a season with the Portland Jr Pirates U18 team before joining the Icehawks for the 2014-15 season.
Kristers Seps, F, 1995, Florida Eels*
Riga native Kristers Seps logged 19 goals and 22 assists through the first 28 season games for the Florida Eels 3 squad. Second in points for the Eels, Seps began the season on a ten game point streak, earning a point in 22 games including 14 multi point efforts and a season high 5 points on October 23rd. A 1995, Seps played his 2014-15 campaign in the WSHL.
Renars Slisans, D, 1998, Motor City Hawks
Latvian Defenseman Renars Slisans logged 2 goals and 1 assist through 28 games this season for the Motor City Hawks. The 5'11 190lb skater is in his first season playing at the Tier 3 level.
Eduards Tralmaks, F, 1997, Boston Bandits Premier
Averaging 1.4 points per game, Riga native Eduards Tralmaks logged 16 goals and 20 assists through the first 26 games this season for the Boston Bandits Premier Squad. Tralmaks previously played two seasons on the Boston Bandits U18 team as well as competing as part of the Latvian WJC team in 2014. Currently on a 4 game point streak, Tralmaks logged a point in 19 games this season including 10 multi point efforts.