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Players Thoughts on Canadian World Junior Media Coverage

The World Junior Championships are, by definition, a development tournament: more about teaching players in a competitive environment than the results themselves. You could be easily fooled by the way the Canadian media covers the event, however. Somewhere in its inception the World Junior Championships turned into the country’s biggest annual international tournament by a long shot. As former Canadian…


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TSP: Minnesota Wild Prospects

Welcome to the 2014 edition of “Top Shelf Prospects”. As we go through the Summer of 2014 I will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will go team by team through the NHL bringing you a look at each Teams Top Prospects. I will be following the order of the first round of…


Zach Fucale

Early Adversity Could Provide Fuel for Underwhelming Canadian Juniors

It is unlikely that they will look at the headlines, or that they will even be allowed. But for a cast of Canadian players after an unforeseen loss to the Czech Republic they already have a mental image of what those headlines entail. For the first time this tournament, Connor McDavid was a disappointment. After making a brilliant play on…


Scott Laughton

Team Canada Names Scott Laughton World Junior Captain

Hockey Canada and World Junior head coach Brent Sutter announced today that Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals will be Canada’s captain for the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden.  He also announced that Mathew Dumba and Jonathan Drouin will be alternate captains for the squad which will try to end Canada’s four-year gold medal drought. “I’m an older and…


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World Juniors: The Flames Monahan Decision and the Leafs Rielly Conundrum

After dominating the World Junior tournament with five straight gold medal victories from 2005-09, Team Canada has seen their plethora of gold turn into a dry spell. They will be hoping to snap the winless streak at this years tournament in Malmo, Sweden, and will be relying on many fresh faces to do so. Though Canada has many talented young…


Drouin

Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp: Who Are The Lucky Few

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the column looking at Hockey’s Stars. Today Team Canada announced the 25 young men who will be going to the Selection camp and competing for spots on the World Junior Team, a tournament that will be played in Malmo Sweden from December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.  As always, you can check out…


Zach Fucale

An Early Look at the World Juniors: Team Canada (Goalies and Defence)

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the column looking at Hockey’s Stars.  Over the next week or so we will be previewing the 2014 World Junior Championships, a tournament that will be played in Malmo Sweden from December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.  As always, you can check out the previous Top Shelf Prospects articles here. Today we start…


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