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Today’s WJC Quarter-Final Games

Quarter-Final games today.

Sweden vs. Switzerland (4:00pm ET in Victoria) on NHLN & TSN3

Canada vs. Finland (6:30pm ET in Vancouver) on TSN

USA vs. Czech Republic (8:00pm ET in Victoria) on NHLN & TSN2

Russia vs. Slovakia (10:30pm ET in Vancouver) on NHLN & TSN3

Semi-Final games will be played on Friday at 4pm and 8pm.

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WJC Quarter-Final Games Are Set

via Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

With the end of the preliminary round the quarter-final pairings of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship are set. The top-two ranked teams of each group stay at their venue after their successful campaign and Canada as host country chose to play the early game in Vancouver.

The tournament continues on 2nd January 2019 with the following pairings:

  • Sweden vs. Switzerland (13:00 PST in Victoria)
  • Canada vs. Finland (15:30 PST in Vancouver)
  • USA vs. Czech Republic (17:00 PST in Victoria)
  • Russia vs. Slovakia (19:30 PST in Vancouver)

The semi-finals will be played on 4th January 2019 with the following pairings:

  • Russia/Slovakia vs. USA/Czech Republic
  • Sweden/Switzerland vs. Canada/Finland

(Time slots to be defined. If Canada plays in the semi-finals, it will play the late game.)

The gold and bronze medal games will be played the day after on 5th January 2019.

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Team USA Losses To Team Sweden In OT At The WJC

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The U.S. scored four unanswered goals - including a natural hat trick by Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, Minn./St. Cloud State University) - over the last 10:26 of regulation to force overtime, but was unable to complete the comeback as the U.S. National Junior Team fell to Sweden, 5-4, in its third preliminary round game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"We weren't there for the first two and a half periods but boy did we show what we're capable of there at the end," said Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State), head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. "I told our team that it's okay to feel a little short, to have this feeling, because we did this to ourselves. This team knows that it's up to players in the room to decide how far we can go in this tournament."

The U.S. (2-0-1-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will close preliminary round play on Monday (Dec. 31) with a New Year's Eve tilt against Finland (2-0-0-1). Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised live on NHL Network.

Watch the game highlights below.

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Day 1 Results From The WJC

from Jared Clinto of The Hockey News,

It was close, and then it wasn’t. For nearly five minutes, the Danes hung with the Canadians on the opening day of the 2019 World Junior Championship, but a Morgan Frost tally 4:52 into the opening frame saw the game break wide open. As the first period wound on, goals by Owen Tippett and a second by Frost put the game at a distance for Denmark, but it was a convincing second stanza that truly showcased the difference between the two sides....

By the time the final whistle blew, Canada — led by Comtois’ four goals, Frost’s five points and Micheal DiPietro’s 14 saves — skated to an incredibly convincing 14-0 victory.

If not the tournament favorite, Team USA hit the ice on Boxing Day as one of a handful of teams selected to at least finish atop the podium at the world juniors. But on the opening day of action, victory didn’t come easy to the American side with nearly 46 minutes standing between the Red, White and Blue and their first lead of the tournament.

Matched up against Slovakia on opening night, the U.S. took it to the opposition through the first 40 minutes of Wednesday’s outing, owning the shot chart to the tune of 19-12. Despite the seven-shot lead, though, it was the Slovaks who skated into the second intermission with the edge after Marek Korencik’s perfectly placed shot beat Kyle Keyser. The 1-0 lead lasted a mere four minutes of playing time, however, as Mikey Anderson drew USA level just 70 seconds into the second period and Evan Barratt put home what would stand as the eventual game-winning goal with 4:18 left in the second frame.

Despite markers from Anderson and Barratt, it was Keyser who eventually played hero. The American netminder stoned Andrej Kukuca on a penalty shot with less than seven minutes remaining to seal victory for Team USA.

read on for more results

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Video- Opening Of World Junior Championship

Very well done.


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NHL Prospects On Display At The World Junior Championship

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The struggles of the Chicago Blackhawks in the present could be short-term issues if the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is any indication.

The Blackhawks (13-20-6, 32 points), who are last in the Central Division and have the third-fewest points in the League, will have seven prospects at the under-20 international tournament, tied for the most among NHL teams.

The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers also will have seven prospects at the tournament. Twenty-nine of 31 teams will have at least one player taking part; the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning will not be represented.


View the WJC schedule with TV times, etc.

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Plan Ahead- NHL Network Coverage Of World Junior Championship

December 13, 2018 – As the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the tournament from Vancouver, B.C., including live game telecasts plus comprehensive previews, highlights, analysis and interviews within its studio programming and via @NHLNetwork on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Canadians And The World Junior Championship

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

We are the only one-sport country in the world (pipe down in the back) that doesn’t go bonkers for that one sport at the international level.

Weirder still, when we do care about it, it involves a bunch of spotty teenagers.

The IIHF World Junior Championships start next week. This is the start of Canadian Christmas (as opposed to real Christmas).

For a few days, everyone in the country knows who Canada’s best second-string university-freshman-aged goalie is. They know who made it at whose expense and, having previously heard only a few of the names involved, still have strong opinions on the topic. This year’s coverage will have its own theme song.


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Congratulations To All Inductees Into The United States Hockey Hall Of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five American hockey legends including Gordon "Red" BerensonNatalie Darwitz, the late Leland "Hago" HarringtonDavid Poile and Paul Stewart were formally enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out induction ceremony at the JW Marriott Nashville.

In addition to the induction of the Class of 2018, the late Jim Johannson was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy, presented for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

"Our sport is flourishing thanks to the extraordinary contributions of those we honored tonight," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "Their impact on the game is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come."

For full background on the storied careers of each inductee, please click here.

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Top Prospects

from Craig Button of TSN,

New Year’s Eve at the World Juniors is set to feature a clash of the top two prospects on the December edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Team USA and Jack Hughes will face Finland and Kaapo Kakko in Victoria that night, with the two talented forwards sure to be in the spotlight.

Hughes has continued his torrid pace for the U.S. National Development U18 Team this season, racking up 48 points (10 goals, 38 assists) in 25 games. He has been firmly entrenched atop these rankings since September and shows no signs of going anywhere but first overall next June in Vancouver.

Kakko, a winger, has impressed playing against men as a 17-year-old for TPS of the Finnish Liiga. Our No. 2 prospect has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 25 games this season.

Russian right wing Vasili Podkolzin has jumped three spots from our October ranking to land at No. 3 this month. Podkolzin, who is currently playing for his national team at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta., is a complete player who can excel in all situations. His style of play and approach to the game reminds me of Pavel Datsyuk.

Two Western Hockey League forwards round out the top five. Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens (16 goals, 25 assists in 30 games) and Saskatoon Blades centre Kirby Dach (14 goals, 28 assists in 33 games) both have the skating and skill necessary to thrive in today’s NHL. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t covet their combination of size and talent.

continued with a Top 62 list...

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