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USA/Canada Move Outside For Today’s WJC Game

from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

“There are certain games that come through where you don’t have to say a word to your players, they’re ready to go, This is one of them,” U.S. coach Bob Motzko said. “You walk through the locker room and there’s a different feel. It’s amped up. That’s what rivalries are all about. There’s a little juice in the air. You can just feel it.”

U.S.-Canada is big, anytime, anywhere. Now let’s amplify the setting. Instead of renewing the rivalry before some 20,000 fans, let’s open the live viewing opportunity to more than double that number. And let’s heighten the spectacle by playing in an outdoor setting within the confines of an NFL stadium. Now what do we have?

“It’s big enough indoor when it’s 20,000 fans,” Canadian forward Taylor Raddysh said. “I can’t even imagine double that or triple that.”

No imagination required. The next chapter of U.S.-Canada will be unlike any other as the rivals meet at 3 p.m. Friday in a World Junior Championship preliminary-round matchup at New Era Field. It marks the first time the International Ice Hockey Federation has taken a tournament game into the elements.

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The game is on the NHL Network and numerous TSN channels.

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Video- Hazardous Job At The WJC

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World Junior Championship Attracts Small Crowds On The First Day

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

If nothing else, this edition of the world juniors might indicate how far you can dig before the well runs dry. Having tried in Toronto and an especially lukewarm Montreal twice in the past three years, the IIHF jammed the tournament back in Buffalo only six years after the Russians scored five third-period goals to come back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Canada in the final, and got so drunk they weren’t allowed on their plane home the next day. Between the hostile Canadian-dominated crowd and a host nation whose legal drinking age is 21, those Russians really did deliver one of this under-20 tournament’s defining achievements.

Seven years later, the Russians lost to the Czech Republic to start the day, and then Canada’s 4-2 win over Finland came in front of a lot of empty seats. When they played Russia here on Boxing Day in 2011, the place was full of some 20,000 brash, singing Canadian fans. This time, they announced the crowd at 9,552.

Maybe it’s cost; maybe it’s fatigue; and maybe a small part is that this Canadian team isn’t billed as an all-timer, or even a now-timer. 


The crowd for the USA/Denmark game looked smaller than the Canada game.

added 8:50am, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Tuesday was not an auspicious start.

There might have been 2,000 folks in the KeyBank Center stands to see the Czech Republic's upset of Russia in the opener.  Canada got better as its 4-2 victory over Finland went along in a game played in front of maybe 8,000 fans. Team USA battered Denmark in front of a pathetic house of maybe 5,000 -- and officials closed the 300 level and offered fans comp seats down below. Which had to make folks who paid for that level super-duper happy about the extra money they shelled out.

Organizers have to be choking on their hot chocolate after the intimate gatherings that entered the building. The Canada-Russia game played here on Dec. 26, 2010 drew a sellout crowd of 18,690. The US-Finland game that day drew 14,093.  So what the heck happened Tuesday?

I hate to be I-told-you-so guy.  But I told you so.

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Video- Manny Legace Proved the Doubters Wrong

At the World Junior Championship in 1992.


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The World Junior Championship Starts Today

The NHL Network with their schedule for the tournament and TSN has everything you need to know too.

Today's games:

Russia vs. Czech Republic at 12:00pm ET

Sweden vs. Belarus 2:00pm

Finland vs. Canada 4:00pm

USA vs. Denmark 8:00pm

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Coverage Of The World Junior Championship On The NHL Network

December 18, 2017 – As the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., including live game telecasts plus comprehensive previews, highlights, analysis and interviews within its studio programming and via @NHLNetwork on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Morning Line- Jari Kurri On The 2018 Winter Olympics

It’s definitely not the same tournament. It’s a sad story that the NHL players won’t be there and the best players won’t be there. I think, it will hurt hockey and it will hurt the fans because they would like to see the best players.

For the players who grew up playing hockey it was a dream to play in the Olympics, put their country’s flag on and to celebrate the Olympics with the whole family. The Olympics are not about hockey, they are about other sports. Cross-country skiers, ski jumpers are there, they are like a big family enjoying the Olympics. It’s a sad story.

There’s a lot of politics, money involved. I don’t want to still see it as a secondary tournament. I think, players who are going to be invited there should be proud of having the chance that other players enjoy.

-Jari Kurri at RT.com where you can read more or watch a 26 minute video of the interview.

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Russian doping scandal could endanger the Winter Games

By Stacy,

Who would want to be on the International Olympic Committee? When the NHL announced that it would not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, it dealt a cruel body blow, but now, the absence of one of the most significant nations in winter sports has to cast the viability of the event itself into doubt.

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Morning Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

"Going to the Olympics is a must. Refusal means surrender. We understand perfectly that the IOC decision is simply politics, and who it is directed against. [We] more or less knew there would be such a decision. But if the athletes go [to Pyeongchang] it will bring the country together. All clean athletes must go. We are athletes, we have nothing to do with politics. For us, it will be an important tournament, it won’t be different from any other.” 

“Patriotism and love for our country is in our hearts. There’s no need to shout about it, or even to carry the flag on our chest. God willing, we will manage to perform well and we will sing the anthem.”

“The Olympics is a significant event in ice hockey, in any case. I can’t say that we hold any sort of grudge. Rather, it’s a lack of understanding. After all, we are just athletes, who train every day, practice our craft and dream about representing our country. Yes, they took our flag and anthem, but not our honor and convictions! We know that we are Russians and represent the best country in the world. I believe our fans will supports us even more. We will try to do everything to justify their hopes.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk, RT.com has a bit more on this topic.

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss how Russia's Olympic ban could affect the hockey tournament in PyeongChang, why the KHL's decision to go or not go might affect the way Hockey Canada builds its Olympic team, the latest on the NHL's interest in Seattle, and the Hurricanes' future in Carolina.

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