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Say Yes To The Olympics

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

One item that has yet to be resolved on which the players should insist is participation in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and beyond. Actually, both sides should be eager to get this done. If the NHL and the NHLPA are truly repentant about putting their fans through this latest imbroglio and truly want to do right by them, then they will do the right thing and make sure the best players on the planet play each other on the biggest stage in the world every four years.

 In fact, when you think about it, it really is the least they can do. Regardless of whether or not the two sides come to an agreement and the season is saved in the next week or so or the dispute drags on into next season, the owners will get a bigger piece of the revenue share and will undoubtedly recoup all their losses to this point and then some. And while the players will have undeniably endured a reduction in take-home pay, they will still be very well compensated for what they do.

 The only real losers in this dispute are the fans who have had to live without NHL hockey for almost three months and those whose livelihoods depend on the league playing on a regular basis. While Olympic participation would not be a cure-all, it would be one in a myriad of things both sides could do to help improve their image and repair the enormous amount of damage they have caused. 

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Team Canada Defeats Team USA In WJC Match

from TSN,

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored first period goals and Malcolm Subban was stellar in net with 32 saves as Canada edged the United States 2-1 at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Subban, who's had his share of critics before the start of the tournament, recorded a .973 save percentage in the victory, compared to just .893 in each of his first two games. And he was busy in the early going, with 24 saves through the first 40 minutes that included a breakaway stop on John Gaudreau in the first period and killing a four-minute double minor in the second.

"Obviously, (our) goaltending has been under the radar for the last couple of years," Team Canada head coach Steve Spott told TSN. "So it was great for his confidence and for our hockey club that when you need him to get the job done, he's able to close the door. He was deserving of being the star tonight."

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Team Canada’s Lipon Suspended For One Game In WJC

from the CP at TSN,

Canada will be down two forwards for Sunday's game against the U.S. at the world junior hockey championship because of another suspension.

JC Lipon must serve a one-game suspension handed down by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday for his hit on Slovak forward Tomas Mikus on Friday.

Forward Boone Jenner will also serve the third in his three-game suspension imposed on the eve of the tournament for a check on a Swedish player during a pre-tournament game.

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Scouting The WJC

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It begins. The single most important tournament for NHL scouts. The world junior hockey championship.

Scouts from all 30 NHL teams have descended upon Ufa, Russia, site of this year’s tournament, to begin picking apart the games of the world’s best teenaged hockey players to see how they do against each other.

“It’s the one tournament where you cover both amateur and pro,” said Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis. “For that reason, it’s probably the most important tournament of the year.”

The Leafs will have had up to six front-office types and scouts attend the tournament or the pretournament camps. Some teams are going with smaller contingents. All are formulating plans for the draft while starting to get a book ready on the players already drafted.

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World Junior Championship Starts Very Early Tomorrow

Will you be watching a very early game live tomorrow morning when Canada meets Germany at 4:30am ET?

The USA will take on the German team at 9:00am on Thursday.

Here is the full NHL Network (US) schedule and the TSN (Canada) schedule.

Also, you can visit the official WJC website for all kinds of information.

As for my plans, I have nothing better to do tomorrow at 4:30am, so I will be watching.

Watch a holiday greeting from Team USA below...

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Video- Canada Through The Years At The World Junior Championships

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Canada’s Jenner May Face Suspension For Hit In WJC Pre-Tournament Game

from Mark Masters of TSN,

The Canadian centre was assessed a major charging penalty and a game misconduct for a hit on Jesper Pettersson in the second period of Saturday's exhibition game against Sweden. Pettersson, a defenceman who plays for Linkopings HC in the Swedish Elite League, was stretchered off the ice and could be heard yelling in agony as he was loaded into an ambulance and left the Helsinki Ice Hall. Pettersson sustained a shoulder injury and will miss the world junior championship.   

"It happened pretty fast," Jenner said after Canada's 2-1 shootout win. "I was just in on the forecheck, forechecking hard, just trying to finish my check and thought I made sure my arm and my shoulder were down so I thought it was a clean hit."

It's possible Jenner, one of six returning players on the Canadian roster, will face supplemental discipline from the IIHF.

"That's kind of out of my control now," said Jenner, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, who plays for the OHL's Oshawa Generals. "Like I said, I thought it was a clean hit."

Canadian head coach Steve Spott certainly doesn't think his third-line centre should face further sanctions.

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Would The Owners Say No To Sochi?

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

This might have gotten lost in the endless blather about the NHL player lockout, but there’s a chance the participation of NHL players at the 2014 Olympic men’s hockey tournament also could be a casualty of the current idiocy.

Whether the boys go to Sochi, Russia — thankfully the women have no such squabbles to settle — was supposed to be a negotiated portion of the agreement that eludes both sides.

The players want to go and the Russians among those in thrall to Don Fehr and the union these days will go completely bananas if NHL participation is a casualty of the disharmony. So it should be case closed, one would think.

Yet how could the owners, allegedly still 100 per cent behind their snarling commissioner, be thinking of inserting another three-week shutdown into their business 14 months from now? Think about it. Are they really going to settle up this time with a 48-game season, or something similar, and then agree to shoehorning in another full slate next season around another three-week stretch of darkened arenas?

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NHL Network Coverage Of The World Junior Championship

NEW YORK (December 17, 2012) – The NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com once again will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. The IIHF World Junior Championship features the top men's hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and is one of the top events on the world hockey calendar each year. Participating nations include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

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First Olympic Shot Fired

from R-Sport,

The Russia team that won this weekend's Euro Hockey Tour stage is capable of beating the Canadians and triumphing at the Sochi Olympics, Russian Hockey Federation president and legendary Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak said Sunday.

A team packed with NHL stars including Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin blazed through the Channel One Cup beating Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic with an aggregated scoreline of 14-2.

Beating the Canadians? Why not?" Tretiak said. "This team can win. With slick, clinical and stable play, of course it can."

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