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2020 World Juniors: Blackhawks won’t loan Adam Boqvist to Sweden

The 19-year-old defenseman will remain in North America.

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Defenseman Adam Boqvist won’t be loaned by the Blackhawks to Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced Sunday morning.

The 19-year-old Boqvist, chosen eighth overall in the 2018 NHL draft, had a goal and three assists in five games for Sweden at last year’s World Juniors in British Columbia, Canada. He has one goal and one assist in nine NHL games, and six points (one goal, five assists) in 15 AHL games during his rookie season.

The announcement comes one day after the Blackhawks decided not to loan 18-year-old center Kirby Dach to the Canadian national junior team for the tournament. The Blackhawks could have loaned them to their respective country’s team like they did last year with defenseman Henri Jokiharju to Finland’s team. Jokiharju won gold with Finland, but once he returned to Chicago he spent the majority of the second half of the season in the AHL and only played in six NHL games.

Boqvist or Dach would’ve missed at least five games while competing at World Juniors, which is scheduled for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in the Czech Republic. Chicago has three prospects that could play in the tournament: forwards Michal Teply (Czech Republic) and Antti Saarela (Finland) and defenseman Alec Regula (United States).