It's the most wonderful time of the year.
When you think of Christmas, what comes to mind?
Do you think of a decorated tree surrounded by presents?
How about stockings hung by the chimney with care?
Is it time spent with family and friends, enjoying big meals and lots of laughs?
Or do you think of the World Junior Championship — the music we all know too well, late nights and early mornings, big goals and heartbreaking losses?
For hockey fans, Christmas is synonymous with the World Junior Championship, a tournament that captivates our hearts and imaginations each winter and introduces us to tomorrow's hockey superstars.
If you needed any reminder of how deep Team Canada’s entry was at this year’s World Juniors, just look at who scored the tournament-winning goal and the added significance behind it.
For the second consecutive year Team Canada will play for the gold medal when they face off against Sweden in the championship final at 8:00pm EST on Jan. 5.
The Swiss needed a vote of confidence heading into Tuesday’s IIHF World Junior Championship quarterfinal against Team Canada, but they got the opposite from their head coach.
It’s time to eliminate the pretenders from the contenders at this year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The preliminary round is over. Bring on the playoffs.
Team Canada took care of business in their final World Junior Championship round-robin game and secured the top seed in Pool A as a result.
Team USA managed to hit repeat on Canada on Friday at the IIHF World Junior Championship, and they did it in storybook fashion.
After two games at this year’s World Junior Championships, everything is looking very good for Canada on the ice and in the win column. But the same may not be said of the team’s growing sick infirmary.
It didn’t take long for controversy to find its way onto the ice in Buffalo. Out to avenge their silver medal performance from last year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Canada kicked off their quest for gold with an opening marker that in no way should have stood.
It seemed like there were more people questioning Canada’s world junior roster choices this year than in previous years. For one thing, there doesn’t appear to be as much young star power as players like Cody Glass and Nick Suzuki, both top-15 selections in the 2017 NHL Draft, didn’t make the squad while Owen Tippett, who played seven games with the Florida Panthers to start the season, wasn’t even invited to camp.
Last fall, the thought of Cale Makar suiting up for Team Canada at the World Juniors, even this year, might have seemed far-fetched since he was a relative unknown playing Junior A.
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