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.
For the first time in seven years, the QMJHL will have close to equal representation compared to the rest of the CHL at the Team Canada World Junior Evaluation Camp.
It seems like only a matter of time before Dylan Strome stars for Team Canada once again on the international stage. After the Arizona Coyotes sent their top prospect back to the Erie Otters last week, it became obvious that he would be a key piece again for Canada’s World Junior Championship team.
Let the party start in Helsinki. After Team Canada’s U20 Junior squad claimed gold on home turf in Toronto in 2014, Canadian hockey fans know how their counterparts in Finland must be feeling after witnessing their team accomplish the same feat on Tuesday.
Alex Nylander has been a stud for Team Sweden at the World Juniors and is tied for third in tournament scoring with eight points through four games.
Team Canada never found their groove at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships and was eliminated by tournament host Finland in the quarterfinals after a 6-5 loss on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.
Normally a force to be reckoned with at the World Junior Hockey Championships, Team Canada has struggled to find its stride and managed just a third-place finish in Group A after the preliminary round.
The pretenders have been separated from the contenders at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
HELSINKI, Finland – Team Canada looked overmatched in its 5-2 to loss to Sweden in their final round-robin contest at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships.
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