2019 World Juniors: Finland Edges Americans for Gold

VANCOUVER — Kaapo Kakko capitalized on his golden moment. A contender to be the first overall pick in this year’s NHL draft and an underager at this tournament, Kakko shovelled in a rebound with 1:26 remaining in regulation to lift Finland over the United States 3-2 in a thrilling gold-medal game at the 2019 IIHF […]

2019 World Juniors: Canada Fails to Medal, But Show Goes On

VANCOUVER — The critics will take aim at a lack of scoring, with consecutive 2-1 losses ending Canada’s tournament earlier than anticipated at the 2019 World Junior Championship. That and a power play that went ice cold, going 0-for-8 in those defeats — 0-for-3 against Finland in the quarterfinal after an 0-for-5 showing against Russia. […]

WJC Quarterfinals Storylines – Grudges & Rematches

VANCOUVER — Round-robin play has wrapped up at this year’s world junior hockey championship, and teams and fans alike are now turning their attention to the quarterfinals. Here’s a look at what to expect in the tournament’s next phase. Sweden (3-1-0-0) vs. Switzerland (1-0-1-2) The Swedes have been a powerhouse in round-robin play for years. This time around, they extended […]

2019 World Juniors: Urgency Key for Canada in Quarterfinal

VANCOUVER — It wasn’t a must-win game. The next one is. They all are from here on out. The medal round is upon us at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship — beginning with Wednesday’s quarterfinals — and Canada’s road to defending gold on home ice became that much more challenging after suffering a 2-1 […]

2019 World Juniors: Russia Spoils Party for Canada on NYE

VANCOUVER — It was New Year’s Eve and somewhere Mr. Worldwide was ready to party. Cody Glass didn’t keep Pitbull waiting long, snapping a shot home just two minutes 20 seconds into the first period to spin Canada’s goal song — Don’t Stop The Party — as the hosts opened the scoring for the fourth […]

2019 World Juniors: Hrabik Getting Great Opportunity With Czechs

VANCOUVER — Krystof Hrabik couldn’t have handpicked two better linemates, getting the chance to flank a pair of first-round NHL draft picks in Martin Necas and Martin Kaut through three games at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Vaclav Varada, their coach for the Czech Republic, called it a ‘good fit’ even though they haven’t […]

Filip Hallander Sole Penguins Prospect at World Juniors

With the NHL’s roster freeze in effect and the 2019 Winter Classic around the corner, there is one other spectacle that will attract hockey fans from around the world. The 2019 World Junior Championship (WJC) in Vancouver, BC will showcase the world’s best players under 20 years old. Last year, Canada took home gold and […]

Coach Hunter: Team Canada’s Special Teams Still Work in Progress

VANCOUVER — Team Canada coach Tim Hunter says his team will have to improve their penalty kill and power play if they’re going to continue winning at the world junior championship. The Canadians remained undefeated after two games with 3-2 victory over Switzerland on Thursday, but they allowed a pair of power-play goals in the close win. “Our […]

2019 World Juniors: Late-Blooming Leason Carving Out Role for Canada

VANCOUVER — Forgive Morgan Frost if he didn’t know who Brett Leason was prior to this hockey season. Heck, many avid Western Hockey League followers weren’t even familiar with Leason before his big breakout. He wasn’t a household name by any means. And Frost, a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers playing in the Ontario […]

2019 World Juniors: Canada Dominant on Day 1

VANCOUVER — So far, so good. For Canada and for me. Flying into Vancouver, getting to Rogers Arena, finding my designated seat in the press box — ’twas all smooth sailing on the opening day of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Perched high above ice level with a terrific vantage point, I settled in […]