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.
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.
HELSINKI, Finland — Team Canada will finish third in Group A regardless of the outcome of today’s game versus Sweden and will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships.
HELSINKI, Finland — Hockey fans across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief as Team Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to improve to 2-1 at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships.
HELSINKI, Finland — Team Canada improved to 1-1 in round-robin play on Monday after an impressive 6-1 victory against Denmark in their second game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
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