Esko, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Esko, Minn. native and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton junior forward Karson Kuhlman will get the chance to play in Omsk, Russia later this summer with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Dubuque is this year's representative in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup, which is a tournament sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and will be played Aug. 24-31.
The tournament includes teams from eight countries, including returning champion Sudbury of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).
"For our organization to be showcased on this international stage is incredibly exciting, Dubuque president Dan Lehv said. "We are proud to represent the United States Hockey League and the City of Dubuque in the third annual event. Our players, coaches and staff are looking forward to the experience of a lifetime."
Dubuque will be seeded in Group A along with the Omsk Hawks, Vitkovice Steel from the Czech Republic, and HC Riga from Latvia. Group A will play and train at the Omsk Arena, a 10,318-seat facility opened in 2007 that houses Avagard Omsk, a professional hockey team in the KHL.
Group B will play at the smaller 5,500 seat Sports-Concerts Complex Viktora Blinova and will be composed of Sudbury, HV 71 from Sweden, HPK from Finland, and Dynamo-Shinnik from Belarus.
Kuhlman played in 16 games with Dubuque after finishing his junior season with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, totaling one goal and eight assists during his time with the Fighting Saints.