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.
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.
A 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky lighting it up in Montreal, leading the 1978 tournament in scoring with an amazing 17 points in six games. John Slaney, firing home the "shot heard 'round the country", as Canada beat the Russians to claim gold in Saskatoon in 1991.
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