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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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Jaffe, Nystrom Will Coach Team USA In Maccabiah Games

from the Jewish Chronicle,

Team USA have named William (Billy) Jaffe and Eric Nystrom as Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the USA Team Ice Hockey squad competing at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in July 2013 in Israel.

Jaffe, an NHL Network analyst, and Nystrom, an NHL Dallas Stars player, were selected by co-chairs Phil Pulley and Devra Schorr.

Jaffe participated at the 15th Maccabiah Games as the captain of the Open Men’s Ice Hockey team, leading them to a silver medal. He also played hockey for the University of Michigan from 1987 to 1989. After many years as the color analyst for the New York Islanders, Versus Network, MSG Network, NESN and Rogers Sportsnet, he currently works as an analyst for the NHL Network.

"Going to Israel in 1997 as the team captain was a fun learning and cultural experience that I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for Ice Hockey," Jaffe said. "My expectations are to help the players understand what a wonderful opportunity it is to experience something unique and special like the Maccabiah Games. It will be an incredible athletic and life experience."

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IIHF Hall Of Fame Class Of 2013

from IIHF.com,

Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts players Peter Forsberg, Danielle Goyette, Paul Henderson, Teppo Numminen, Mats Sundin and builder Jan-Åke Edvinsson.

Broadcaster Gord Miller is awarded the Paul Loicq Award while the Soviet national team of 1954 won the Milestone Trophy.

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‘Rookies’ At Sochi

from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

As things stand, who are the most likely candidates to light up the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia as rookies?

Particularly at forward, defending champion Canada is loaded with young stars that have never competed under the five Olympic rings.

The most obvious candidate is sniper Steven Stamkos, a 2008 World Junior gold medallist and 2009 World Championship silver medallist who is coming off his first 60-goal NHL season last year with the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, John Tavares, who perennially scores a point per game or better for Canada at the Worlds, is also likely to shine in Sochi. And while Claude Giroux hasn’t appeared internationally for Canada since the 2008 World Juniors, you can’t disregard a superb playmaking centre whom Jaromir Jagr said could become the world’s best player when they were teammates with Philadelphia....

For the United States, 2010’s silver medallists, goaltending and defence are key areas where Sochi newcomers could excel. Cory Schneider, who has posted superb statistics while backing up Roberto Luongo with the Vancouver Canucks, could battle Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings for the starting job. (Quick wouldn’t be an Olympic rookie since he was the third goalie in 2010, even though he didn’t play a minute.)...

Host Russia will likely use some 2014 Olympic rookies from the NHL, but more from the KHL. Semyon Varlamov, currently shining with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl after a good run with Colorado last year, is a strong candidate to play in goal after helping the Russians capture Worlds gold (2012) and silver (2010).

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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