Willmar WarHawks forward Denys Honcharenko was selected by his home country of Ukraine to play in the 2023 World University games in Lake Placid. Honcharenko declined the invitation to play and stated, “My heart is here in Willmar and helping the WarHawks make a deep run in the Fraser Cup Playoffs.” Willmar currently sits in 4ths place in the west division.
The World University games brings together athletes that are 25 and younger and in some way a part of a university or can be a recent graduate within the last year. The World University Games were set up as another Olympic style event as it brings together athletes from around the world to one location to compete. The World University Games run from January 13 through January 25 in Lake Placid, New York.