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Junior Hockey

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.

German Juniors Heading to Ufa for 2013 World Juniors

The Division 1 and 2 tournaments of the IIHF World Junior Championship wrapped up this past weekend, with Germany earning promotion to the main event next year in Ufa, Russia. Puck Worlds provides a complete listing of the placements and top players for each team.

Where Division 1 Players Are Developing

With the Division 1A IIHF World Juniors going on in Germany, we've decided to see how exactly this second tier of hockey nations are developing their young players. How strong are their national programs, or are their players heading elsewhere to further their careers?

Canada Names Final 2012 WJC Roster

Canada makes its final cuts for the national junior hockey team, some of which were a surprise. Here's a look at the team that Canada will be sending, barring injuries, to Alberta on Boxing Day.

IIHF WJCs: Germans Make Big Statement

In IIHF junior action, Germany continues to work their way back to the championship division, while some amazing goaltending helped make things interesting for Lithuania and South Korea against heavily favoured opponents. Stay with Puck Worlds this week for continued coverage of the Division 1 and 2 levels of the World Juniors as we gear up for the main event.

Lower Level IIHF U20 World Junior Week Begins

The big stars may not be out in force at these IIHF U20 tournaments, but there are some potential gems hidden amongst the rubble in the Division 1 and 2 levels. Here we have a look at the action that will take place this week at the lower level World Junior tournaments.

Puck Worlds Picks the 2012 Canadian World Junior Team

The Canadian national World Junior team is a hotly debated subject amongst hockey fans throughout the nation. I join the group with my selections, based on how Head Coach Don Hay likes to build his clubs.

USA Tops Junior Hockey Program World Ranking

Based on a formula of the results of both the U18 and U20 IIHF World Championships, I've come up with a world ranking for national junior hockey programs. The Americans are the top program heading into the 2012 World Juniors.

Team Canada Announces World Junior Camp Roster

Team Canada announced its 41 man selection roster for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship. Here's a look at the roster, which provides an early glimpse into the team that will take to the ice this holiday season in Alberta.

Grigorenko and Kucherov reunite in Super Series at Le Colisee

The 2011 Subway Super Series has a lot more intrigue in year's past, with the Russians defending WJC gold as well as this tournament for the first time. Also of interest are top draft prospects Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov, with Grigorenko reunited for one night only in Quebec City with longtime teammate Nikita Kucherov.

QMJHL Update: Sea Dogs Emerging From the Pack

The 2011-12 QMJHL season is underway, and with Shawinigan hosting the Memorial Cup this year, the competition is fierce for the extra invitation. We look at the standings through October, as well as the performances of the NHL prospects to date.

The NHL Feeder Chain

The NHL casts a long shadow, with players that are claimed by NHL teams playing in leagues around the world. Here's a look at how the talent is spread out.

Hockey Returns: The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Starts Today

The unofficial start of the international hockey season is the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which runs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from Aug 8-13 this year. Check in on the best hockey players born in 1994, who will feature prominently in the 2012 and 2013 NHL Entry Drafts.

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Players to Watch

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft begins today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are a look at some European trained players to watch out for in the next two days.

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Swiss Prospect Review

For Switzerland, 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year at the NHL Entry Draft. We examine the best prospects coming out of the land of neutrality and multi-functional knives in this latest draft preview.

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Russian Prospect Preview

Its been a while since we've seen a run on Russian prospects in the NHL Entry Draft, and due to hockey politics, don't expect that to change in 2011. But the ones that are picked could turn out to be huge coups by the team that drafted them, and here we feature the most likely to get picked.

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Swedish Prospect Preview

Sweden has been the top producer of NHL draft picks from Europe in recent years, and this year will be no exception. Here's a look at ten potentially high selections for the country this year, headlined by Adam Larsson.

When A Team Disappears

The only American QMJHL team, the Lewiston MAINEiacs, have disappeared, with the franchise folding and players dispersed via a draft amongst the remaining 17 teams. Find out how this affects the QMJHL's American presence, and what options the league is exploring to keep up with their Canadian counterparts.

2011 IIHF World U18 Championships Final Standings

The 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships have finished with the USA claiming their third straight gold medal. See the complete standings for the event here.

IIHF Medal Games: Sweden, USA Go for Gold

The IIHF U18s wraps up today with the gold and bronze medal games. USA takes on Sweden as the Americans go for the three-peat gold, while Canada takes on Russia for the bronze.

IIHF U18s: Quarterfinal Day in Crimmitschau

We're into the playoff rounds at the IIHF World U18 Championships, with Finland meeting Russia and Canada having to defeat Germany and their loud fans. Check out the key players involved, and also a word on the relegation games.

Playoff Berths on the line at IIHF U18s

The final day of round robin action is taking place in southern Germany at the IIHF U18 World Junior Championships. See how the teams have done to date, and get a sneak peek on some of the top talent for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Busy Time for IIHF Continues with U18 Tournaments

The IIHF's busy season continues with the World U18 Championships, which is divided into a series of seven different tournaments. Here's a calendar of all the action, concluding with the main event in Germany on April 14-24.

Final Weekend of CHL Regular Season

The Canadian Hockey League regular season is entering its final weekend, and there are still some questions to be determined for all three leagues. We look at this weekend's key games and individual scoring races to watch before the playoffs begin.

Mexico wins IIHF U20 Division 3 Tournament in Front of Packed House

Mexico defeated Serbia 4-2 at home to win the IIHF U20 Division 3 Championships, ending the U20 season. Here's a look at that win, and a ranking of each country's U20 programs.

Size may not be everything, but it matters quite a bit

How much does size matter in hockey? Well, looking at the discrepency between national junior teams near the top and near the bottom, maybe more than we like to admit.

GDT: Mexico vs. Bulgaria from Zocalo, live online at TVC Deportes

Opening game for Mexico and Bulgaria at the U20 IIHF WJCs, Division 3 live from the Zocalo in Mexico City. This is Mexico's Winter Classic.

Thank you

It's been quite an eventful couple of weeks on Puck Worlds. Here's a moment to simply say thanks, and a glimpse of what's to come.

Final Standings for the 2011 IIHF U20 World Juniors

A recap of the standings at the IIHF U20 WJHCs. And a look at next year's groupings.

Well, I called it... Russia wins WJC Gold

Russia won gold in spectacular fashion, vindicating my prediction from before the tournament began. But I still can't believe that really happened.

IIHF U20 WJHC Gold Medal Game GDT: Canada vs. Russia

Canada, Russia for the gold. No further explanation needed.

IIHF U20 WJHC Bronze Medal Game Day Thread: Sweden vs. USA

The bronze medal game at the IIHF U20 World Juniors is ready to go. Come here to discuss Sweden vs. USA.

Thoughts on the Final, and the Tournament at Large

The IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships are coming to a close. Here's some thoughts on the event so far, the final games, and the future of the event in the USA.