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Just a couple of comments on the IIHF World Juniors so far.

Team USA has been very disappointing.  After a good first game against Denmark (winning 11-3) it’s been pretty sparse for USA junior hockey.  After loosing 4-1 to Finland, USA lost to the Czech Republic today and are done for the tournament.  Not good. 

Every time I watch the Juniors I wonder why the NHL doesn’t go to the modified icing rule they use. 

Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) has looked pretty darn good.  Even in the lose to Team Canada he looked decent.  Hopefully the Wings have their goaltender for the future.  Or at least a solid back-up (think Rask in Boston). 

Canada is the cream of the crop again this year.  Yea, that was obvious.

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Classless Canadian crowd per usual, and a pretty classless showing by the Czech team with all of their grandstanding at the end,  ESPECIALLY Mrazek.

If the kid wants to bring some swagger to the Wings I’m ok with that but he better be able to back it up or he’ll be run out on a rail.

Posted by Moocat on 12/30/11 at 09:07 PM ET


The US is not out yet, but close.

The USA now needs to beat Canada on New Year’s Eve and Denmark must beat Finland in regulation tonight to avoid elimination.

Posted by Teeter on 12/30/11 at 09:12 PM ET

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The US is not out yet, but close.

The USA now needs to beat Canada on New Year’s Eve and Denmark must beat Finland in regulation tonight to avoid elimination.

Posted by Teeter on 12/30/11 at 06:12 PM ET

Ah, thanks.  I thought that with the two losses they were done.  I believe only two teams make it out of the group.  Thought the second loss knocked them out.  Also thought I heard the announcers say they were out, but you know how that goes. 

And Moocat, it was a very big win for the Czechs.  I didn’t see it as grandstanding just a lot of excitement.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 12/30/11 at 09:20 PM ET

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The Canadian fans at the WJC make it difficult to watch. It’s very cool how well they support their team. It is extremely classless how they treat other teams.

C’mon, Canada, they are just freakin’ kids for crying out loud.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/30/11 at 10:01 PM ET

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C’mon, Canada, they are just freakin’ kids for crying out loud.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/30/11 at 07:01 PM ET

And you’ll be countered with the persistent, “You don’t understand,” bull.

I’ll never, EVER forget Uncle Mike’s passionate defense of the kids against the raging and carnivorous press hordes after the last WJC.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 12/30/11 at 10:11 PM ET


How can you knock those Czech kids celebrating?  Grandstanding is when the dominant team celebrates like that.  These guys are beating a team that is considered to be better, and they’re full of passion.  The crowd isn’t just knocking the U.S. either, they’re also just cheering the underdog, which is what I do every time I turn it on.
But, this tournament is a bummer.  Canada needs to enter two teams; it’s gotten to the point where half the country cheers against them out of sympathy.  The expectation of victory takes the glory out of it.  The last two years of upsets were very refreshing.  Anyway, grandstanding, rubbing it in, showing no class, disproportionate celebration is what the Canadian team will be doing, as they also play the dirtiest style and lay the biggest hits…..jumping into the glass up 10-1. 
As a Canadian, I’m no fan of this tournament….....just killing time until the Wings torch the Khawks.  In general, international hockey’s massive appeal is lost on me.  The NHL is boss.  I think the aftershock of ‘72 gives it an allure which it never lives up to.  Sure the ‘06 Swedes and the ‘02 Final were great to watch, but I love the big show and I hate this nationalist crap (can we just keep sports and weiner-rattling separate?).

Posted by Guerin'sBackcheck on 12/30/11 at 10:18 PM ET


There was a “celebration scandal” yesterday…..a kid rode his stick, next thing you know the coach is apologizing to TSN.  OMFG.  People definitely forget these are just kids and the Canadians take it way too seriously to be hosting.  The problem is that it is a profitable event to host, like $3-5 million, so Canada won’t give it up.  It should be used promote hockey in Russia instead.  Yesterday, Brett Connelly chased down a puck, uncontested because the Dman didn’t know it was his, and snapped it over this terrible goalie’s shoulder.  I mean he is an actual NHL player; he definitely should not be celebrating and if the location of the tournament makes it harder for him to make it, it would be better for everyone.

Posted by Guerin'sBackcheck on 12/30/11 at 10:40 PM ET

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