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.
Probably the most difficult thing for a home team to endure is the agony and disappointment of having to watch the visitors celebrate a championship right in front of them and their faithful fans.
It’s going to be a dream matchup in the gold medal game when Canada and the United States go head-to-head with 2017 World Junior bragging rights on the line.
For many hockey purists, winning a game via shootout is basically settling the score through a skills competition. They firmly believe that if a game is tied after 60 minutes, it should be determined by a goal in overtime with play continuing until someone scores no matter how long it takes.
It was really special if you are a Swiss fan because they downed Denmark in a dramatic 5-4 shootout win. Forward Marco Miranda was the hero for Switzerland scoring the only goal in the shootout.
A well used timeout can pay off in dividends, and I’m sure Team Canada head coach Dominique Ducharme found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
The Canadians appeared unstoppable at the World Juniors. That was until the Americans put on a shot-blocking clinic to claim first place in Group B with a 3-1 win Saturday in their final preliminary-round game at the Air Canada Centre.
Carter Hart is about to become a household name from the Pacific all the way to the Atlantic. After starting his season with at the top of the league for save percentage, goals against average and shutouts, the 18-year-old Everett Silvertips goaltender is primed and ready to backstop Team Canada’s bounce-back effort at the World Junior Championship this holiday season, and Tips head coach Kevin Constantine says it’s likely to bring an even stronger game out of the CHL’s reigning goaltender of the year.
We All know that famous insurance advertisement: "You're in good hands with Allstate." Well, it turns out young Canadian hockey goalies are in good hands with Brathwaite. 44-year-old Ottawa native son Fred Brathwaite is Team Canada's goaltending coach for the upcoming World Junior tournament, which is being cohosted by Toronto and Montreal.
In his fourth season as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals, Dave Lowry developed his coaching chops in Calgary. He worked as an assistant and head coach with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
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