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Advantage Team USA

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

With Team Canada set to play the U.S. in the WJHC semi-final on Monday, Bob McKenzie offers some thoughts on who has the edge in goal and why the American power play has the potential to be lethal.

Between The Pipes

From what we’ve seen so far, the U.S. absolutely has a sizeable advantage in the goaltending department, no question about it.

Team Canada’s goaltending has not been stellar, it has not been great. In fact, they’ve given up at least one bad goal in each of the games that they’ve played.


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Team Canada & Team USA Will Meet In WJC Semi-Finals

BUFFALO, NY (January 2, 2011)Tea—- With their 4-1 quarterfinal win over Switzerland today, Canada has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. They will now face the defending champion United States team tomorrow night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $140 (lower bowl) and $95 (upper bowl). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.buffaloworldjuniors.com by ca,lling 1-888-467-2273, or at the HSBC Arena Box Office.

The winner of tomorrow’s USA/Canada game will play for the gold medal on Wednesday night at HSBC Arena. Only single seats remain for the gold-medal game. Finland and Russia play in tonight’s second quarterfinal beginning at 7:30 p.m. The winner moves on to play Sweden at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon in the first semifinal game. Tickets are still available for this game.

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Morning Line

“You realize what’s important in life. As I said earlier, I have in the back of my head that there are people who are going through worse things in life. I’m not going to hang my head and feel sorry for myself. I’m still going to be here for the guys.

“Family and life are most important. I have a good perspective on my life.”

-Jaden Schwartz, member of Team Canada’s World Junior team after suffering a brroken ankle.  More from Tim Wharnsby of CBC.

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Elbow Knocking

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Canada’s junior players often eschew the high fives at the bench in favour of elbow hugs, knocking elbows together instead of gloves after a goal. They are the only team at any level to do this.

“It started last year,” said captain Ryan Ellis, a member of the team in 2010. “Some of the western boys started doing it, and we’ve been doing it this year as well.”

Brayden Schenn, a Saskatoon native and the scoring star for Canada the last two games, shed further light on the ritual. “It started with a group of Brandon boys called The Wagons, a group that played in the summer. We just adopted it last year and kept it going this year.”

Young fans of the game can’t possibly fathom an earlier generation when the entire players’ bench would empty after most goals. This was the 1970s. The NHL brought an end to this practice, though, because it often led to bench-clearing brawls, the scored-upon team none too happy, and the scoring team delighted.

It was in Canadian junior hockey that players came up with a solution to the problem. They wanted to celebrate a goal as a team, but weren’t allowed to leave the bench, so the five skaters on ice would skate by their players’ bench and high-five their teammates on the bench.

read on

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Watching The WJC

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

What if they held a hockey tournament in the middle of the forest and no one noticed? That was an accurate description of the world junior hockey championship until TSN decided in 1991 to make the annual event into something on the order of the Super Bowl. Or bigger. The prescient decision to commit the entire network to the efforts of under-20 players over the length of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break proves yet again that television defines the event, not the other way around.

Certainly, the tournament is no indicator of NHL success as the John Slaneys, Justin Pogges and Marty Murrays have shown. Canada’s dominance of the junior event hasn’t necessarily predicted Olympic dominance either. But captured in the moment by TV, the juniors’ passionate embrace of the Maple Leaf blurs rational description.

In the days before it obtained its current full complement of the NHL’s TV package, TSN was looking around for a signature hockey property to fill its schedule. CBC had carried some of the earlier world junior tournaments since their inception in 1977, but the event was overshadowed at the Corp. by Hockey Night in Canada. It also fell on the holidays, leading some to think no one would watch during a time saturated with traditional football bowl games.


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Schwartz Playing In WJC With Thoughts Of His Sister

from Ryan Pyette at the Toronton Sun,

Canada’s Jaden Schwartz wants to make sure his big sister Mandi gets a nice world junior souvenir as she starts another tough battle against a rare form of leukemia.

The 18-year-old Colorado College forward wants to bring a gold medal home to Saskatchewan.

“It’s tough, but it makes me want to win it for her even more,” Schwartz said Saturday after Canada’s final pre-tournament practice at HSBC Arena. “This is Christmas and it’s a time you want to be with your family, but I’m trying to keep my focus on the task at hand.

“We’re not here on some vacation. We’re here to play for Canada and win a gold medal.”


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2011 World Junior Hockey Championships Preview

Well that time of year has arrived again!
No, not Santa Claus bringing home the goods.
No, this is better, well at least for one international hockey team that can wrest World Junior Hockey Gold from its opponents.
I’d love to hear any predictions on who will win gold.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great holiday season with their loved ones!

Group A:
Head Coach: Keith Allain
Key Players: Chris Kreider, Nick Leddy, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Bourque
Last Years Result: Gold Medal Win over Canada

Head Coach: Jost Richard
Key Players: Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Conz, Sven Bartschi, Inti Pestoni
Last Year’s Result: Lost to Sweden in the Bronze Medal Game

Continue Reading »

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Watching Team USA In The WJC

from USAHockey,

NHL Network U.S. will provide exclusive live coverage of all U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, in Buffalo, N.Y. NHL Network U.S. will also televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high definition from the tournament. All U.S. games will be NHL Network original broadcasts. In addition, NHL Network will provide nightly recaps on its signature show “NHL On the Fly.”

Gary Thorne, Dave Starman, Fred Pletsch and Billy Jaffe will make up the broadcast team for the NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA games.


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Buffalo Braces For Hockey World

From The Buffalo News:

The World Junior Hockey Championship will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, with only one off day, New Year’s Day. The tournament, showcasing the world’s best 18- and 19-year-old hockey players, will bring 21 games to HSBC Arena and another 10 to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena.

“It’s the NCAAs, for 11 days, with beer,” Buffalo Sabres public relations director Michael M. Gilbert quipped.

Sabres officials, serving as host for the 10-team tournament, won’t hazard a guess on the number of visitors expected here for what’s considered the second most prestigious international hockey tournament, behind only the Olympics.

All they’ll say is that they expect tens of thousands of fans.

More than 50,000 visitors, mostly from Canada, are expected.


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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, world+juniors

The Building Blocks Of USA Hockey

from Andrew Podnieks of Slap Shot,

It takes several seconds to say United States national team development program, but you can also say U.S.N.T.D.P. or even just N.T.D.P., which is still a bit of a tongue-twister. But the long and the short of it is that this program, operating in the shadows of Michigan Stadium which just last week attracted a world-record crowd to a hockey game, is the main reason why the United States is favored to win gold at the upcoming world under-20 (junior) championship in Buffalo and Lewiston, N.Y. Check that — not just favored to win a gold medal, but to repeat as gold medalists.


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