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

Switzerland
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

Finland
Head Coach: Lauri Marjamaki
Key Players: Sami Vatanen, Teemu Pulkinen, Toni Rajala, Joel Armia
Last Year’s Result: Quarterfinal loss to USA

Slovakia
Head Coach: Stefan Mikes
Key Players: Richard Panik, Martin Marincin, Marek Hrivik, Toams Jurco
Last Year’s Result: Relegation Round

Germany
Head Coach: Ernst Hofner
Key Players: Tom Kuehnhackl, Tobias Rieder, Philipp Grubauer, Konrad Abeltshauser
Last Year’s Result: Did Not Qualify


Group B:
Canada
Head Coach: Dave Cameron
Key Players: Ryan Ellis, Brayden Schenn, Jared Cowen, Calvin de Haan
Last Year’s Result: Lost to USA in the Gold Medal Game

Sweden
Head Coach: Roger Rönnberg
Key Players: Gabriel Landeskog, Robin Lehner, Adam Larsson, Calle Jarnkrok
Last Year’s Result: Beat Switzerland in the Bronze Medal Game

Russia
Head Coach: Valeri Bragin
Key Players: Vladimir Tarasenko, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Maxim Kitsyn, Igor Bobkov
Last Year’s Result: Quarterfinal loss to Switzerland

Czech Republic
Head Coach: Miroslav Přerost
Key Players: Petr Straka, Jakub Culek, Andrej Nestrasil, Martin Frk
Last Year’s Result: Relegation Round

Norway
Head Coach: Geir Hoff
Key Players: Sondre Olden, Lars Volden, Nicholas Weberg, Rasmus Juell
Last Year’s Result: Did Not Qualify

 

 

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