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.
The puck drops early on elite hockey competition, as 40 of Canada’s top junior players have been invited to take part in the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, B.C., later this month.
There’s a familiar face taking over the head-coaching position with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. Experienced Hockey Canada coach André Tourigny will be behind the U18 bench following the departure of Gilles Bouchard, who is joining the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch as an assistant coach.
With Team Canada on the hunt for gold, it only makes sense to go out and get a Hunter. With that in mind, Hockey Canada got their man in Tim Hunter, who’s been named head coach of Canada’s National Junior squad.
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.
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