January 5th, 2016 In NHL Entry Draft, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

One of the most exciting things leading up to the annual NHL Entry Draft is often the back-and-forth debate about which player is going to be selected 1st overall. Sometimes it can be a head-to-head debate, as we saw in 2010 with "Taylor vs. Tyler" and then to a lesser extent in 2015 with Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, and other times there...

January 5th, 2016 In News, Toronto Maple Leafs, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Team Finland won gold at the 2016 World Junior Championships in dramatic fashion. Finland took a late lead in the third period on a goal by captain Mikko Rantanen. Then they gave up a goal to Russia with 9.6 second left in the game, sending it to overtime. It only took 1:33 of 4-on-4 overtime for Kasperi Kapanen to decide the game...

January 5th, 2016 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Team USA rebounded from its semifinals 2-1 loss to Team Russia to capture bronze by defeating Team Sweden in a rout 8-3. With the Americans coming back with some hardware, here's what we learned from their 2016 World Junior Championship. USA Needs a More Physical Lineup The downfall of this Team USA team was its inability...

January 5th, 2016 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Despite a disappointing loss at the hands of Russia for the third straight year, the United States managed to rebound, get their head on straight and grab bronze in the 2016 World Juniors with an 8-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday. The U.S. wound up blowing out Sweden, despite heading to the locker room tied up at 2-2 after the first period....

January 5th, 2016 In Vancouver Canucks, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

  By now, everyone in Canada has forgotten about the darling 2015 World Junior Canadian team that dominated the tournament, going 7-0 without ever trailing en route to a gold medal. Anger and blaming have replaced those warm and fuzzy feelings from a year ago, as a handful of talented 18 and 19 year old's are being chastised by the...

January 4th, 2016 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

We're going to file this under misleading and confusing: Team USA coach Ron Wilson said prior to Monday's semifinal match against Team Russia that he "couldn't tell you any players on the Russian team." It was something of a confusing statement and was the subject of ridicule before the game and even more so after the U.S. lost 2-1 to Russia....

January 4th, 2016 In Top 10 Lists, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The semifinals are finished and the medal round is set with Russia facing Finland in the gold medal match, and the U.S. playing Sweden for the right to go home with some hardware. Here are nine players who made their mark during the semifinals at the 2016 World Juniors. Mikko Rantanen & Kasperi Kapanen, Team Finland Coming into the tournament...

January 4th, 2016 In International Hockey, Top Stories, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Russia defeated USA 2-1 to advance to the gold medal game against Finland.  Meanwhile,Team USA will square off against Sweden for the bronze. Here are three takeaways from the USA-Russia semifinal. Physicality Trumps Speed In the early portion of the game Team USA seemed to have the upper hand because of their speed and...

January 4th, 2016 In International Hockey, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finland advances to the gold-medal game after defeating rival Sweden by a score of 2-1 in front of the home crowd at Hartwell Arena. As the Finns prepare to face the winner of the USA-Russia matchup, here are three takeaways from the game. Lack of Discipline Does In Another Opponent of Finland It appears the Swedes didn't...

January 4th, 2016 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Following a disappointing and early exit from the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship, the process has now begun for Hockey Canada and their nation of fans to dissect just where things went so wrong this year. The defending gold medalists looked anything but throughout the entire tournament, dropping their Boxing Day opener against the United...

January 3rd, 2016 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The relegation match at the 2016 World Junior Championship will not require a third game, with Switzerland beating Belarus 6-2 on Sunday to clinch a spot in the 2017 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, where they will compete in the group playing in Montreal, according to the IIHF. Swiss Not Expected in Relegation It's not an...

January 3rd, 2016 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Sweden put out a boatload of bad news for Swedish hockey fans on Sunday. The team will finish the 2016 World Junior Championship without star forward William Nylander or defenseman Adam Ollas Mattsson. Nylander has been out since early in the first game when he took a high hit from Switzerland's Chris Egli, which ultimately saw Egli get...

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