IIHF Mens U20 World Championship Team Preview
France will be coached by Philippe Bozon, who had himself a long playing at over 20 years.
An experienced and well travelled player, his peak came while playing in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues during the early 1990’s.
He was first coach of the French U20 side in 2009 but things didn’t go to plan with the team winning just one game and finishing bottom of the group to end up relegated.
He left the fray but in the two campaigns to follow, France would gain promotion each time, losing just one game in the process before being relegated last year without a point against their name.
Bozon’s two sons have been involved with the French junior team so we’ll start with a look the younger sibling.
Kevin Bozon has been a part of Lugano’s system since 2010.
An alternate captain for the U18 side last year, he produced six points in five games despite the team struggles in finishing fifth in the group.
Had a good start to his season with the U20 Lugano team with seven goals and ten assists in twenty-four games. Impressive at his tender age of just 17.
His older brother Tim, isn’t likely to make the trip to Scotland, though I’ll be delighted to be proved wrong. Drafted in 2012 round 3, 64th overall by Montréal Canadiens the youngster is in his third WHL season and has already represented France’s men’s team at the top level.
It looks as if France will have brothers representing them though both Leclerc’s looking like they have been selected.
Guillaume is playing for the Austin Bruins this season in the NAHL and is racking up points with 22 in just 23 games, including 12 goals.
Second in the team in points, the young man has already committed himself to the NCAA next season with UMass-Lowell.
This will be his second campaign with the U20 French team and will be a threat.
His older brother Nicolas Leclerc plays for Amiens in France.
This will be his fifth campaign for the French junior side and he’s enjoyed success before.
The defenseman captained the U18 side in 2011/12 before being part of the U20 team that won the gold medal.
Maurin Bouvet was also with Amiens up until this season, when he made the move to the NAHL and Corpus Christi IceRays.
He’s taken to a new country and league like a duck to water, currently second on his team in points.
At 18 years old this will be his second campaign for the U20 team and he’ll be looking to put some points on the board this time around.
Antoine Bonvalot is likely to be between the pipes, looking to put last years disappointing campaign with unflattering statistics of 6.46GAA and 0.851SV% behind him.
He’s seen previous success at this level with France so no doubt will be looking forward to the challenge. Currently plays for Grenoble of the French Championship.
Floran Douay has been with Swiss side Genève-Servette since 2007.
Has made the step up to play in the NLA on two occasions this season, though failed to trouble the scorers. Playing for their U20 team he’s averaging a point per game.
As a member of the U18 French team last year he put up six points in five games and wore an “A.”
This will be his first campaign representing the U20.
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