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The Best Tournament You're Not Watching

It's the holiday season. And in Canada, the holidays mean the World Juniors. Boxing Day rolls around, family members invade your house and there are two respites left to entrance them and keep them from antagonizing you to within an inch of your sanity. Alcohol and the World Juniors. Have you been to a liquor store at this time of year? That's what I thought. But the future of scouting isn't at the World Junior tournament. Yes, you will see Canada's Sean Couturier, Sweden's Adam Larsson and Gabriel Landeskog and the Czech Republic's Martin Frk in Buffalo this week. But most of the other big names for this draft were at the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge last year. Most of the name...

Canada, Kassian Steamroll Czech Republic 7-2

After Canada took control of the Russians in the third period of their first game, few anticipated they would have much trouble handling either the Czechs or Norwegians in advance of their New Year's Eve match up against the Swedes. The Czechs scored the first goal, and matched the Canadians for the first five minutes. After that, the Canadians just took over. Brayden Schenn was Canada's offensive catalyst all afternoon, scoring one goal and assisting on four more which gave him points on all of the first five Canadian goals. The Canadian powerplay was instrumental in rolling over the Czechs but the Canadian penalty kill also contributed offensively at the end of the second period wh...

Canadians Tame Russian Bear to win 6-3

There's been a lot of question marks raised about this year's edition of Team Canada. In some cases, rightly so and in other cases needlessly so. There were those who said this year's edition of Team Canada would have trouble scoring. That they lacked a superstar. In the first game, the Canadians went a long way to putting that concern to rest. Six goals by six different Canadian players including defensemen Ryan Ellis and Erik Gudbranson will help the pundits who question Canada's firepower to sleep a little better at night. Canada's centres led the way. Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn were offensive catalysts, Sean Couturier found himself employed in trying to contain Russia's top ...

Team Canada: Colossus or Kitty Cat?

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. " - Cassius (Julius Caesar, I, II, 135) It's not often that you'll hear Shakespeare quoted in a blog about hockey, but some times you think the Bard might have worked for TSN. Canada is hockey's colossus. Particularly at the World Junior Tournament. The Red and White have won a medal at the last twelve tournaments and only missed out on their sixth consecutive ...

Canada's National Junior Team finalized

Wednesday morning Hockey Canada announced their final selections for this year's representatives at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship, set to take place in Buffalo, NY from December 26th to January 5th. The 22-man squad is as follows: Goaltenders: Olivier Roy (Acadie Bathurst, QMJHL / EDM 2009) Mark Visentin (Niagara, OHL / PHX 2010) Defensemen: Ryan Ellis (Windsor, OHL / NSH 2009) Calvin de Haan (Oshawa, OHL / NYI 2009) Jared Cowen (Spokane, WHL / OTT 2009) Erik Gudbranson (Kingston, OHL / FLA 2010) Tyson Barrie (Kelowna, WHL / COL 2009) Simon Després (Saint John, QMJHL / PIT 2009) Dylan Olsen (Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA / CHI 2009) Forwards: Carter Ashton (Tri-Ci...