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The Sun Did Rise In Calgary Today

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Canadians, and particularly Calgarians who had invested in 21-game ticket packs in anticipation of watching Canada in the gold medal game, woke up to see the sun had come up on a spectacular 12 C Wednesday.

Some found it in their hearts to forgive these kids who gave them the near-miracle comeback, battling back from a 6-1 deficit in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to Russia. But others couldn’t get past their failure to handle the pressure, the lack of discipline and the fact there appears to be a trend developing in which other countries are getting much more outstanding goaltending than Canada.

For the players, it was dealing with their own personal demons of knowing if they hadn’t taken a penalty, if they had moved the puck off the boards instead panicking into plays like a two-on-none breakaway for the top two Russian players, if they hadn’t ...

The regrets aren’t too few to mention.

Virtually no player on the team woke up Wednesday morning unable find some major moment where they didn’t rise to the challenge. And there were admissions of not having handled the pressure.


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Russia Stuns Canada In WJC

from TSN,

Canada will not play for gold at the world junior hockey championship for the first time in over a decade.

The host country lost 6-5 to Russia in Tuesday’s semifinal, despite a four-goal burst in the third period.

Russia will meet Sweden for gold, while Canada faces Finland for bronze Thursday.

“They scored early. We didn’t react as well as we should have,” Canadian forward Brett Connolly said. “We’ve got to be better.”...

Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov, the lone returning player from last year’s squad, was a one-man wrecking crew with three goals and an assist.

Defencemen Nikita Nesterov and Alexander Khokhlachev and forward Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Russians. Nail Yakupov, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, had three assists.

“We win. We’re pretty excited,” Yakupov said. “We beat Canada. Russia’s better than Canada.”

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added 1:43am, Video highlights of the game can be watched below…

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Passion In Play

from James Bradshaw and Dawn Walton of the Globe and Mail,

The appetite for World Junior hockey action has grown even more insatiable with the elimination rounds under way and Canada’s first do-or-die test looming Tuesday night.

Overall ticket sales in host cities Edmonton and Calgary could approach 600,000 by the time the tournament wraps on Jan. 5. Fans have been so fervent that 10,000 of them turned up at 11 a.m. on Monday to watch Switzerland edge Denmark in a relegation game. Some have even helped clean up Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome after arena staff and volunteers struggled with the short turnaround between games.

“Tell me, what is that?” said tournament co-chair Jim Peplinski. “It’s about all of the good things that come from [seeing] a sport performed properly. That translates into picking friggin’ garbage up.”

To Mr. Peplinski, the infectious enthusiasm suggests Canadians have embraced the tournament not only as an exercise in national pride, but as a purer expression of high-level hockey played by athletes with a measure of innocence still intact.


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Watching And Following Hockey In The US

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

What a bittersweet weekend for the growth of hockey in the United States.

There’s no pressing issue in Canada, of course. When we’re not racing our kids to holiday tournaments or keeping tabs on our favourite National Hockey League teams, we’ve got the morning-to-midnight coverage of the world junior tournament to consider. Our fascination with a competition filled by way too many uncompetitive games is astounding, if not alarming. (Were you like me last Thursday, wondering if your pick-up goalie could have done a better job for Denmark, with Canada leading the not-so-great Danes 7-0 in the second period?)

I’m talking about the attention towards the sport south of the border.

For all the hype and hope behind today’s Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, there’s the colossal crash of the U.S. team in the world junior event in Alberta.


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A Serious Look At The “Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72”

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

At times such as the Winter Classic Monday, it appears as if there are two NHLs. The league on display in Philadelphia is a product of the NHL head office in New York, a hybrid mix of NBC promotion and pandering to U.S. sensibilities in the hope of gaining a more significant TV toehold in the United States. The other NHL is the rump Canadian league defined by Hockey Night in Canada, more religion than a hockey league. A given in the national fabric.

The two solitudes represent very separate notions of the game and run parallel during the regular season before colliding in the Stanley Cup final. For Americans, hockey equals a game; for Canadians, it’s a cult. U.S. sensibilities are not welcome in the Canadian iteration of the league; Canadian teams need not apply for HBO’s 24/7 series or the Winter Classic.

Or so it often seems. But Monday, the cultures collide on the newly christened NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) in the form of a documentary on the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. While the iconic series has been relived in various forms in Canada, this 40th anniversary year provides the first serious look at the series for a U.S. audience.


Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72, will premiere on the NBS Sport Network at 6:00pm ET tonight.

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Could We Soon See The First Australian In the NHL?

from Joe Barton of ninemsn,

Teenage ice hockey star Nathan Walker appears destined to conquer a final frontier for Australians in American sport - the National Hockey League.

Following in the footsteps of Aussie trailblazers Luc Longley (NBA), Joe Quinn (Major League Baseball) and Colin Scotts (National Football League), Walker is in line to become the first Australian to be drafted into the NHL.

The 17-year-old from Sydney is considered the best talent to come out of Australia.

He has drawn attention from American scouts in the past 18 months while making a name for himself in senior ranks of the Czech Republic league, playing for HC Vitkovice Steel in Ostrava.

Recently rated the sixth best Czech-based prospect, he’s now a genuine chance to be picked up by an NHL club in the June draft.

continued and TSN did an interview with him at the Spengler Cup which you can watch below…

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Smith-Pelly Fractures His Foot In WJC

via the Ducks’ media relations department,

Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly suffered a fractured left foot (fractured first metatarsal bone) after blocking a shot during Team Canada’s 8-1 win over Finland at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship today in Edmonton, Alberta. Smith-Pelly is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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10 NHL Games Tonight Plus The WJC Opens

Two games of interest at the WJC, both on the NHL Network US:

3:30pm ET:  2012 WJC: Canada vs. Finland

7:30pm ET:  2012 WJC: U.S. vs. Denmark

The NHL schedule starts at 6:00pm ET tonight with the Avalanche visiting the Wild.

The Versus game featuring Dallas in St. Louis starts at 7:30pm.

View the full schedule below…

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Team USA World Junior Championship Roster

The roster can be viewed at USA Hockey and the roster breaks-down by state as follows:

6 from Michigan
4 from Minnesota
3 from Massachusetts
3 from Pennsylvania
2 from New York
1 each from California, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Ohio

For more information on the event, visit Hockey Canada

I am also proud to announce Lisa McRitchie of the Oil Patch blog here at KK will be covering the games from Calgary, which along with Edmonton will be hosting some early round games.  All the medal round games will be played in Calgary so look forward to her reports..


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Next Up For Turco - The Spengler Cup?

from the CP at The Hockey News,

Marty Turco is eager to extend his working vacation in Europe.

The veteran goaltender helped Austrian team EC Red Bull Salzburg win a club team tournament over the weekend and is expected to join Canada’s entry for the upcoming Spengler Cup, a source told The Canadian Press.

A few final details were still being ironed out on Tuesday night.

The Spengler Cup opportunity opened up when Nolan Schaefer informed Hockey Canada he’d be unable to participate in the tournament. Turco would join 21-year-old goaltender Jake Allen—a St. Louis Blues draft pick on loan from the American Hockey League—on the team.

Canada opens the tournament in Davos, Switzerland with a game against Czech team HC Vitkovice Steel on Dec. 26.


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