December 23rd, 2015 In International Hockey, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Team Belarus gained the right to play at the 2016 WJC winning the Division I tournament last year in Italy. The team will have to fight hard to avoid relegation, but with the right approach and some luck, it's not a mission impossible. Last year's team featured some good players, like former Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Dmitri Ambrozheichik, but...

December 23rd, 2015 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

USA Hockey has announced their final World Junior roster just days ahead of the Boxing Day start of the 2016 World Junior Championship. As things have gone so far with the U.S. selection process, there was a bit of a surprise in the process. The World Junior Roster Goaltenders Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (New York...

December 23rd, 2015 In Flyers Prospects, Philadelphia Flyers, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

With the Flyers recent dedication to drafting and developing prospects, there has been an increased interest from fans in the World Junior Championship tournament. Last year, the Flyers saw prospects Samuel Morin, Oskar Lindblom, and Robert Hagg in the tournament, while future prospects like Ivan Provorov and David Kase took part. This year, the...

December 22nd, 2015 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

USA Hockey has named the Team USA captain for the 2016 World Junior Championship and it will be Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski of the University of Michigan. Serving as alternate captains will be Minnesota Wild prospect Louie Belpedio, ZSC Lions forward and 2016 draft eligible Auston Matthews and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin...

December 22nd, 2015 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Last year’s World Junior Championship was one to forget for Finland. They had only one win in the entire tournament as they lost against the Slovaks and later in the quarterfinal against Sweden to exit the tournament without a medal. They have struggled to score goals, tallied only five in four group stage games. For their home tournament this...

December 21st, 2015 In Commentary, Editor's Choice, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

It's that time of the year. Yes, the holiday season, but in some minds more importantly, the return of the World Junior Hockey Championship, one of the most popular, if not most stressful times of the hockey season for participating countries and their fans. With pre-competition play under way, these few games for each Country will...

December 21st, 2015 In Column, Commentary, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks, to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this column light, so keep that in mind when reading, and...

December 21st, 2015 In Flyers Prospects, Philadelphia Flyers, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

December is a great time to be a hockey fan. Not necessarily because there is a lot going on in the NHL, but because fans will be treated to the annual U20 World Junior Championships. This year, the tournament is being held in Helsinki, Finland. The tournament gives fans a glimpse into the future stars of the game, and also provides some of the...

December 20th, 2015 In International Hockey, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Hockey Canada announced their final round of roster cuts on Sunday for the 2016 World Junior Championship, following a 1-0 exhibition game win over the Czech Republic. The win went to goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, who was named player of the game as well. He will miss the first two games of the World Junior Championship serving the tail end...

December 20th, 2015 In International Hockey, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Team Czech Republic will get to Finland with a team considered by many one of the best editions of the latest few years. The Czech didn't achieve much in the latest few editions, and this season's team may become a turn in trend, especially if the offensive line will gel and deliver since the tournament start. The team led by Jakub Petr, who...

December 19th, 2015 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

A disappointing tournament for Sweden ended with an unexpected 4-2 defeat against Slovakia in the bronze medal game. Although the « Tre Kronor » team won all of their group stage games and went into the quarterfinals with the maximum of 12 points and the second most goals scored among all teams, they fell to Russia in the semi final 4-1. After...

December 19th, 2015 In International Hockey, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The U.S., following a 4-0 win over UMASS Amherst in an exhibition game, has cut four players from their World Junior Championship Selection Camp, USA Hockey announced on Saturday. The cuts bring the full roster size down to 24 as the team heads to Europe to finish their exhibition schedule ahead of the December 26 launch of the tournament in...

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