All articles that relate to junior hockey leagues and tournaments around the world, including the IIHF World Junior Championships. This also includes the Memorial Cup and CHL Top Prospects game.
The state of Canadian goaltending continues to be a hot button issue for Hockey Canada, with top officials calling for the CHL to quit allowing import goaltenders. Hockey Canada, however, is only noting the symptom and not addressing the root of the problem.
Top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Nail Yakupov sat out the CHL Top Prospects game with a legitimate knee injury. The CHL suspended him anyways for two games for not participating, in one of the most disgusting league decisions in recent memory.
For the first time since 1981, Sweden is on top of the junior hockey world by defeating Russia 1-0 in overtime on a Mika Zibanejad golden goal. And they were full marks for the win, by far the best team in the tournament.
The 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship reaches its pinnacle tonight with the Gold Medal Game between two European hockey powers. Check out this preview of Sweden vs. Russia.
It wasn't the medal they wanted, but for the 13th straight year Canada took home some hardware at the IIHF World Junior Championship. They beat Finland 4-0 to take home the bronze.
Today's the final day of action at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Calgary, which means its time to play for the medals. The Bronze Medal Game features Finland, who are traditionally strong in the 3rd place games, against the host nation, Canada.
Latvia won their final relegation game against Denmark, earning a spot in next year's IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Denmark has been sent back to Division 1, which may not be the worst fate for the burgeoning hockey nation.
It was a day with pretty much everything in the IIHF World Junior Championship, as Sweden and Russia squeaked through their semifinal matchups to win gold. Finland blew a late lead against Sweden, while Canada turned a laugher into a nailbiter with a spectacular finish.
The quarterfinals of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship largely lived up to the hype on Monday, particularly the thrilling Russia vs. Czech Republic matchup. Andrei Vasilievskiy and Mikael Granlund led their countries to victory, leading to dream semifinal matchups on Tuesday of Sweden vs. Finland and Canada vs. Russia.
The medal round begins at the IIHF World Junior Championship today with Finland taking on Slovakia and Russia and the Czech Republic renewing their heated rivalry. Check out Puck Worlds for game notes and follow the action here.
Today's the final day of preliminary round action at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, and there's plenty to be decided. Sweden and Russia battle for a semifinal bye, while three other games should be hotly contested as well, including Canada vs. USA.
Day Five at the IIHF World Junior Championship sees a lot of intrigue, as the Americans face their biggest adversity in a must win game against the Czechs. Meanwhile, Sweden meets Slovakia, Finland plays Denmark, and Switzerland looks for their first win against Latvia.
There was a lot of complaining about the quality of games on Thursday that saw Canada and Russia run up the scores on Denmark and Latvia. Here's a minor tweak that could help prevent some of the ugliness and keep the tournament's ten team format in check.
Day Four of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship is projected to be a big letdown from the previous day's excitement, as the top seeds in each pool play the bottom seeds in the only two games on the schedule. Join us to see just how big the margin of victories will be.
Day Three of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships sees the top 8 nations of junior hockey face off against each other in four different games. Come here for the breakdown and discussion throughout the day.
Day Two of the IIHF World Junior Championships sees the Czechs and Slovaks make their debuts against Denmark and Latvia, respectively. Come join the discussion!
Today is Game 1 of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta, Canada, and there are four games to cover. Settle in here for the day and follow the action!
Denmark is an emerging hockey nation, with an improving junior program, but they'll still be making a rare appearance in the top group of the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship this holiday season. Puck Worlds looks at the Danish team, evaluating the roster and weighing the team's likelihood of achieving their goal of not finishing last.