World Juniors Reminder Toronto is Hockey’s Capital City

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The scene was familiar: a boisterous sea of red celebrated as the players who brought them this moment of joy crowded the crease. Winning a major hockey championship on home soil is both common and expected in Canada. The setting for this moment, however, was foreign territory. Considering its reputation and history, it was hardly […] READ MORE


Canada is Golden Again

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Canada you can breathe. After six long years without gold, Canada is back on top winning the World Junior Hockey Championship. Endless debate and hand-wringing is always made when it comes to the World Juniors, and this year was no exception. Would the goaltending hold up? So and so was left off. Too much grit and […] READ MORE



Euro Tournaments Create Problems for KHL Clubs and National Teams

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Due to changes in the 2014-2015 KHL calendar, it was pretty clear that there won’t be any breaks for the national tournaments. At first it seemed like a good idea, until KHL Chairman Alexander Medvedev announced that the KHL will not block players from heading to their national teams to compete and get ready for IIHF’s […] READ MORE


Despite Loss, Swiss Hockey is Now on the Map

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Looking at the Goals For/Goals Against numbers for Switzerland going into their qualification match-up against Latvia, it seems improbable that they have only scored two goals, and have managed to hold the opposition to one. When you look at their win-loss record, it’s even more outstanding. Despite scoring only two goals, Switzerland has posted a […] READ MORE


Sochi Preview: Depleted Slovakian Squad Needs Surprise Performances

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At the conclusion of their time in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, Slovakia managed to secure their best finish since the country separated itself from unified Czechoslovakia. Despite the fact that there weren’t many expectations coming into the tournament, the Slovaks put on quite the show as they reached the semifinals before inevitably falling 3-2 […] READ MORE



Marian Gaborik is Out of the Olympics For Slovakia

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Just a day after Steven Stamkos was forced pull out of the Olympics due to his inability to be medically cleared for the games, another NHL star has announced that he won’t be headed to Sochi.  Columbus Blue Jackets winger Marian Gaborik will not represent  Slovakia at the Olympics, as he has not sufficiently healed […] READ MORE


Canada tops Slovakia at WJC in an Underwhelming Performance

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Before I get into what I really have to say, let’s be clear that when the game was on the line late, Canada scored four goals, three of which counted.  The McDavid goal that was waved off was European officiating at its’ finest.  It didn’t prove to be a controversial call though, with Canada tying […] READ MORE


Players to Watch at the 2014 World Juniors: Pool A

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Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the column looking at Hockey’s Future Stars.  The World Junior Championships are right around the corner, and this year’s tournament will be played in Malmo, Sweden from December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014. We have already looked at the Players to Watch on Team Canada, and those on […] READ MORE