The 2014 Latvia Olympic men's hockey team announced on Tuesday (Jan. 7) that current Bowling Green State University ice hockey skater Ralfs Freibergs will join a 42-man roster that will head to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.
A 5-11, 191-pound native of Riga, Latvia, Freibergs has played in all 24 games during the 2013-14 season with the Orange and Brown. He currently leads all Falcon defensemen with 16 points (one goal and 15 assists) and owns a +3 on-ice rating. The left-handed sophomore joined the Falcon family last season, averaging nearly a point-a-game in eight appearances. Freibergs is expected to miss two regular season games for Bowling Green and an exhibition matchup with the U.S. National Development Team (Feb. 2-20) during his stint with the Latvia Olympic ice hockey team.
"We're very happy and proud for Ralfs," Falcons ice hockey head coach Chris Bergeron said. "It's great to have one of our players in the Olympics and representing his country."
Freibergs is no stranger to international play, as the Latvian defenseman played for the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in 2013 held in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, between May 3-19. The Latvian hockey team went 2-4-1, earning seven points in the preliminary round. Freibergs played in all seven games, tallying one assist and three shots on goal.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from Feb. 6-23, with ice hockey set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 8.