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Team USA Will Play For Gold In The WJC

Troy Terry scores in round 7 of the shootout to win it for the USA.

They will play the winner of Canada/Sweden (play later tonight) on Thursday night.


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It’s Semi-Final Day At The World Junior Championship

The NHL Network will have both games too.

from USA Hockey,

The U.S. National Junior Team faces Russia today in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship here in Montreal. The two teams met in the preliminary round (3-2, USA) and are meeting in the semifinals for the second consecutive year (2-1, RUS). Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m. ET and will be televised in the U.S. live on NHL Network with updates also available on Twitter @USAHockey with the hashtags #USAWJC and #WorldJuniors.




The gold medal game will be tomorrow at 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and TSN.

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A Half-Full Bell Centre For Team Canada Game Last Night

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Monday's crowd of 10,215 was shockingly disappointing, even to some of the Canadian players.

Keep in mind that the cavernous Bell Centre holds more than twice that many people.

“We were a bit surprised,” Strome said. “We thought it would be pretty much full like it was in Toronto for our games. But it seemed to fill in as the game went on. And they were loud. I mean, this is the best building in the NHL.

It will be interesting to see how many fans show up for the Canada-Sweden semifinal on Wednesday, but we do know this: There are much more worthy markets in this country more appreciative of the junior game than Montreal and Toronto.

Lower the prices; have at least one of the locations in a two-market setup have a smaller rink; and, most importantly, put it in communities that really care about the event.

more on Team Canada who will face Team Sweden tomorrow in a WJC semi-final game.

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Team USA Will Face Team Russia In Semi-Final Game At WJC

TORONTO  Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y./Kitchener Rangers) and Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

“We were fortunate to get the win,” said Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University), head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. "A tremendous credit to Switzerland for the heart and courage they showed here tonight. We weren't our best, we know that, but we found a way to make it through and we'll look to get back to our style of hockey here on Wednesday.”

Team USA (5-0-0-0) advances to the semifinals on Wednesday (Jan. 4) against Russia at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The game will be televised live on NHL Network and the official start time will be announced later tonight.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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Donald Fehr Has A Sense The NHL Will Go To The 2018 Winter Olympics

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated his owners' current lack of interest in Olympic participation but his counterpart Donald Fehr painted a different picture of where things stand for the South Korea Games.

"I'm more optimistic now that I ever have been, at least as far as we're concerned, that we'll be able to reach an appropriate agreement with the IIHF to allow for the players to go," Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association, told assembled media before the Centennial Classic.

"So I assume there will be further discussions over the course of the next several weeks and I choose to be optimistic on this one. We'll see.'"

Asked why exactly he felt more optimistic now, Fehr didn't really have specific reasons.

"You get a sense of things as they go along, you get a sense of things and how they're likely to end up; doesn't mean you're always right, but you get a sense of things," said Fehr.


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The Latest Talk On The Olympics

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The NHL is working on a plan to move forward with or without the 2018 Olympics.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday afternoon that the league has begun working with teams on two different scheduling scenarios, one that would see NHL players attend the Games in South Korea almost 14 months from now and one that would see them sit out for the first time since 1994.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had previously indicated the need for an Olympic decision by January, though no firm deadline was ever given. An alternative schedule accommodating the Olympics would seem to suggest a softening toward that time frame.

"We’re not the ones imposing any kind of deadline," Daly said. "We’ll see what the IOC and the IIHF’s timetable is; obviously I think the players have flexibility. We won’t be setting the deadline."


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How About Some Afternoon Hockey From The World Junior Championship

Puck scheduled to drop at 3:33pm ET.



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Is Toronto Too Big For The World Junior Championship?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Given the sea of empty seats at the Air Canada Centre for Canada’s dominating 5-0 victory over Slovakia, how distressing will attendance figures be when the hosts face off against Latvia on Thursday night?

While the Canadians were out-shooting the Slovaks by a ridiculous 44-6 margin, upper deck corner areas like Section 318 were practically vacant. All in all, the official crowd total Tuesday night was 12,694, meaning about one-third of the arena was empty.

Keeping that in mind, we have to ask: Is it time for the world junior championships to move back to intermediate-sized communities like Halifax, which many fans were suggesting on Twitter?

During a recent 1-on-1 interview with Postmedia, Hockey Canada president Tom Renney said his organization was looking to hold the tournament in communities where the sport would leave the deepest footprint down to the grass roots level. Of course, the bigger the city, the more people there are to be impacted directly. That’s the theory anyway.


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Video- The Brawl In Piestany

via TSN,

Brendan Shanahan looks back on the most infamous moment in International hockey history when Canada and the USSR brawled at the 1987 World Juniors in Piestany, Czechoslovakia.

Wikipedia on the topic.

Watch the 4 1/2 minute TSN segment with Shanahan below...

Continue Reading »

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Previewing The World Junior Championship

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The world junior hockey showcase is about to begin. Here’s a team-by-team look at the contenders and what makes them tick:


Last year: Sixth

Overall: 16 gold, eight silver, five bronze

Skinny: Canada last won gold on Canadian soil, in 2015 in Toronto . . . Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) will captain a team that lacks star power but may make up for it with team play. Strome is one of five players returning from last year, along with Mitchell Stephens, Thomas Chabot, Julien Gauthier, Mathew Barzal . . . Taylor Raddysh (Erie) leads all of the CHL in scoring with 61 points in 28 points . . . Every player on the team has been drafted by an NHL team . . . Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) will be counted on as the No. 1 goalie. He was the 2015-16 CHL goalie of the year.


Last year: Bronze

Overall: Three gold, one silver, five bronze

Skinny: This core of this team won gold at the world under-18 championship in 2015 . . . A year after former Leafs coach Ron Wilson led the Americans to a third-place finish, the U.S. returned to the college coaching ranks, naming St. Cloud State University’s Bob Motzko the bench boss . . . The team leans heavily on college players, including Leafs goaltending prospect Joseph Woll (Boston College) . . . U of Wisconsin forward Luke Kunin (Minnesota Wild) was named captain . . . Another Leaf prospect, Kitchener’s Jeremy Bracco, should provide top-line offence along with Erie’s Alex DeBrincat, who has 30 goals in 28 OHL games.

more teams

WJC TV schedule if you missed the post from yesterday.

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