2012 World Junior Championship Viewing Guide

It’s definitely one the most wonderful times of the year.

Hockey fans look forward to Christmas; Die hard hockey fans look even more forward to Boxing Day and the start of the World Junior Championships!

This is hockey at its finest. Players playing with that youthful passion for the game and that sense of national pride that one can only imagine they get when donning their country’s colours. Fans cannot help but get caught up in the emotion evoked by the intense and exciting action that naturally ensues.

Many of the players do not yet possess professional contracts. Some have not yet been drafted. All involved want to make the ultimate positive impact to help in their quest to play at even higher levels. For some, this will be the pinnacle of their hockey careers. But at the forefront and focus of all is the crest on the front of the jersey – there are dreams of a Gold Christmas. Of course, some nations would be quite ecstatic to have a Silver or Bronze Christmas when the tournament reaches its climax.


This page will serve as THW’s “Home Page” for WJC coverage. Bookmark and check back often as more articles will be added highlighting team previews, players to watch, predictions and other unique and exclusive coverage from The Hockey Writers unique collective of sportswriters. Click on the respective link to be taken to the full article.


Latest THW World Juniors Update:

World Juniors Player Spotlight: Nikita Gusev – The Undrafted Artist

Stories from the 2012 WJHC: Czech Goalie Mrazek Making Friends and Enemies

Evgeny Kuznetsov (BridgetDS /Flickr)

  • Comparing the Russian dynamo to a surgeon!


Essential Links:


Players To Watch

Jonathan Huberdeau: Quebec’s Latest Sensation

World Juniors Player Spotlight: Nikita Gusev – The Undrafted Artist

Brendan Gallagher’s No Small Threat

World Juniors Player Spotlight: Evgeny Kuznestsov by Chris Ralph

The Rise Of Team Canada’s Mark Stone by David O’Connor

(with direct quotes from the puck magician prospect as he discusses why he wears #13 and who he patterns his game after)

5 Players To Watch In The 2012 World Juniors (David O’Connor)

Nail Yakupov – The Next Ones: NHL 2012 Draft Prospect Profile (Chris Ralph)

2012 Draft Eligible Nail Yakupov is one to watch on Team Russia at WJCs {Metcalfe Photography}


Team Specific


2012 WJHC: Canada Finishes off Finland in Opening Game by Salim Valji

WJC 2012: Questions Surround Hosts Team Canada (Salim Valji)

Will Team Canada’s Starting Goalie Please Stand Up (Andrew Sykes)

The Next Ones – Boone Jenner – NHL 2011 Draft Prospect Profile: Jenner-ating Old Time Hockey Flashbacks (Chris Ralph)

Breaking Down Canada’s World Junior Roster (David O’Connor)

The Next Ones – Ryan Strome – NHL 2011 Draft Prospect Profile: Strome Wasn’t Built in a Day (Chris Ralph)

Profiling The OHL’s Representation On Team Canada (Andrew Sykes)

Team Canada: Thirty Years Of The Game At Its Best (Book Review) (Chris Ralph)

Czech Republic

Stories from the 2012 WJHC: Czech Goalie Mrazek Making Friends and Enemies

2012 WJC: Politics Playing a Role in Selection of Czech Team


2012 WJHC: Can Denmark Avoid Relegation?


2012 WJHC: Finland Upsets United States 4-1

2012 WJC: Is Team Finland the Tournament Darkhorse?


World Juniors: Latvia Captivates Calgary Crowd Even In Loss To Slovakia

World Juniors Team Latvia Preview: Zemgus Girgensons And Beyond


World Juniors Player Spotlight: Nikita Gusev – The Undrafted Artist

  • Comparing the Russian hidden gem to a painter!
  • Comparing the Russian dynamo to a surgeon!

Russia’s Triple Threat Searches For Gold


World Juniors Player Spotlight: Tomas Jurco

World Juniors Team Slovakia Preview: Puck Magician Jurco Key To Success


Looking At Sweden’s World Junior Roster


Hockey in Switzerland: NLA, NHL and World Juniors Updates

United States

Stories from the 2012 WJHC: Czech Goalie Mrazek Making Friends and Enemies

2012 WJHC: Previewing Finland/US Game

2012 WJHC: US Focused as They Prepare to Face Czech Republic

Stories from 2012 WJC: Scrutiny Surrounds US Defenceman Jon Merrill

Which Hockey East players will be named to the USA WJC evaluation camp roster?

Christopher Ralph

Christopher Ralph

Managing Editor/Lead Prospect/Draft Analyst at THW
Chris is THW's senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for Chris' regular column "The Next Ones" Prospect Profile series as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphTHW on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com
Christopher Ralph

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