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Macedonia Wins First Ever Ice Hockey Game Against Bulgaria

A day after losing 6-5 in the shootout during their first ever national team game, Macedonia finished their weekend exhibition series with Bulgaria with a 4-3 victory, their inaugural win as a hockey team. The match-up on Sunday saw a great performance from Jure Vnuk, who scored two goals the night before for Macedonia. He managed to do the exact same thing on Sunday, scoring two...
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Slovakia WJC Preview: New Crop of Forwards Need to Step Up

Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada ImagesGoalies: No, Canadians, Barrie Colts puckstopper Daniel Gibl. is not on the team. The Slovaks will, however, be bringing two of their goalies from their junior team program, HK Orange. Denis Godla and David Okolicany, the two goalies within the program this year, will be between the pipes for the national junior team that competes against...
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Switzerland Wins 2014 Arosa Challenge Tournament

With a 3-2 win over Belarus on Saturday, Switzerland has won the Arosa Challenge for the second time in the tournament’s history. The Arosa Challenge, a two day, four team national tournament in Arosa, Switzerland, is a short international event that gives teams a chance to practice together prior to the World Championships in May. The Swiss fans were delighted to get offense from Simon...
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Americans Overcome Late Deficit to Defeat Denmark for WJAC Gold

Team USA have won their third straight World Junior A Challenge gold medal after a 3-2 victory over Denmark in the final game. The Danes got off to an incredible start to the contest, and it’s no surprise as to who got the ball rolling. After picking up the puck at centre ice, Nikolaj Ehlers skated all the way down and absolutely sniped the puck past Eric Schierhorn for the 1...
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Macedonia Drops First International Game to Bulgaria

Macedonia’s first ever international hockey game against a team made up of Bulgarian junior players came up short on Saturday, losing 6-5 in the shootout. The game started off very well for Macedonia. The team took a quick lead thanks to the first ever goals scored by Jure Grandson, who scored twice, and Dimitri Prokudin. Bulgaria would fight back, however, as Georgi Blagoev and Tomislav...
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Russia WJC Preview: Is It Their Time to Shine?

Tina Comeau/ The VanguardGoalies: New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin, a third round selection in the 2014 draft. Sorokin is the likely starter this year. Currently in his third KHL season, Sorokin has split time with Rafael Khakimov as the starting goalie of Metallurg Novokuznetsk this season.  Sorokin has shown himself to have an ability to play against tough competition...
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USA Releases Three Players From World Junior Roster

Following tonight’s pre-tournament game against Boston University, USA hockey has released forwards Adam Erne and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jack Dougherty from the World Junior team. Erne is the only player that had the potential to return that was cut by the Americans so far. A prospect within the Tampa Bay Lighting system, Erne had just one point in five World Junior...
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Russia Grabs World Junior A Bronze After 2-0 Shutout Against Canada

Russia went undefeated against Canadian junior teams on Friday night, and when it mattered most, they were able to grab a bronze medal thanks to a 2-0 victory over Canada East. Just an hour after the Canada vs Russia World Junior pre-tournament round game went underway (which Russia ended up winning 2-1), Russia outplayed their Junior A rivals to finish off the WJAC on a high note...
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Canada Announces Final Cuts Following Pre-Tournament Loss to Russia

Team Canada has announced that forwards Michael Dal Colle, Rourke Chartier and Jason Dickinson, as well as defenseman Haydn Fleury, had been released from the World Junior team following their pre-tournament loss to Russia. Dal Colle comes as the biggest surprise of the group. The fifth overall pick by the New York Islanders in 2014, Dal Colle was expected to make the team out...
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Ilya Sorokin Shuts Canada Down in 2-1 World Junior Pre-Tournament Game

Canada may have had the most shots, but wouldn’t have the final laugh as Ilya Sorokin led the Russians to a 2-1 victory to start off the World Junior pre-tournament series. Canada got off to a quick start. After showing great speed and skill against the CIS Selects team in two different meetings last week, Canada carried over their momentum early against Russia. Canada doubled...
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Switzerland Rallies Back Past Canada West in Fifth Place Game

With the 3-2 loss to Switzerland on Friday night, Canada West has come dead last in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge standings. The first period saw very little in terms of urgency, but both teams ramped up the pressure in the second. Sheldon Rempal got the first of his two goals just after the half-way point in the first period after he dug out the puck in a mini-scrum in front...
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Kazakhstan Finally Gets Promoted After Years of Failure

After years of frustration and years of failure, Kazakhstan will finally earn promotion to the 2016 Division IA World Juniors. After their four-year stay at the top level of the World Junior’s ended in 2001, Kazakhstan had a two year stay at the top again, competing with the top dogs in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments. Since then, they’ve struggled in D1, battling teams like Italy and...
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Belarus Earns Promotion for 2016 World Junior Tournament

With their big 5-1 win over Norway on Friday, Belarus has earned promotion to the top group for the 2016 World Juniors. Belarus made their last World Junior Championships appearance at the top level in 2007, so the victory this week will definitely boost their spirits. The promotion was earned in their fourth of five games at the Division IA tournament, coming after a win against...
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Croatia Promoted For 2016 Division IIA World Juniors, Iceland Relegated

The Division IIB World Juniors have come to a close on Friday, with Croatia being crowned as the champions, earning them a spot in the Division IIA U20 tournament for 2016. Croatia had a flawless tournament, winning all five games with ease. Their closest battle came in the fifth and final game of the week, a 3-2 victory over Spain. The final match was an important one, with both...
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Switzerland Gets Major WJC Boost From Mirco Mueller

The San Jose Sharks have announced that Mirco Mueller will be allowed to participate for Switzerland at the upcoming World Junior tournament. Mueller, the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has just three points in 24 games this year as an NHL rookie. Averaging just over 17 minutes a game, Mueller has spent a good portion of the year on the sidelines this year in favour of more experienced...
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Germany WJC Preview: No Draisaitl? No Problem…Wait, No, Nevermind

IIHF PhotoGoalies: Is it strange that one of Germany’s top goalies is actually Russian? Despite that, Ilya Sharipov has played in Germany his whole life and that’s exactly who he’ll play for at the Juniors. Sharipov spent much of his early junior career playing with the Eisbären Juniors Berlin organization before making the move to EC Salzburg II in the Russian junior...
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Top 5 Former NHLers Competing at the Arosa Challenge

The Arosa Challenge is a very unknown tournament to most people around the world. A two day tournament in the middle of December, four teams, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway and Slovakia battle with players looking for a spot at the upcoming World Championships in May. The tournament is set to take place from December 19th-20th in Arosa, Switzerland, with the team with the most points...
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USA Demolishes Canada East 7-1 to Secure Spot in WJAC Finals

After the Americans beat Canada East 3-2 earlier this week thanks to a goal with just two seconds remaining in the game, they made sure to lay down more of a beating on Thursday during a 7-1 victory over Canada. Team USA came in as favourites on Thursday, and for a good reason thanks to their all-time tournament record being 26-2-1-4. Just 5:18 into the game, Tyler Sheehy got USA...
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Denmark Advances to World Junior A Challenge Finals After 5-1 Win Over Russia

Denmark will battle for a gold medal in their first ever attempt at the World Junior A Challenge after defeating Russia 5-1 on Thursday. The Danes controlled action in the early stages of the first period, very similar to what happened when the two teams met during the preliminary round. Matthias Asperup gave Denmark the 1-0 lead just 2:58 into the game after picking up his rebound...
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2014 Team Canada Preliminary Spengler Cup Roster

While most of Canada will be focused on the World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal this year, some of the best Canadians playing in Europe will have a chance to represent their country at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. Canada has won the Spengler 12 times, with the most recent championship coming in 2012 following a 7-2 final victory over Davos. Additionally, the team has...
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Ottawa Senators Loan Curtis Lazar to Team Canada for WJC’s

Team Canada got a big boost on Thursday morning, learning that forward Curtis Lazar would be allowed to represent the country at the upcoming World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. The 19-year-old forward made the Ottawa Senators out of training camp this season, scoring one goal and six assists in 27 games this year. His first goal of the season came earlier...
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Finland WJC Preview: Returning Goalies Key To Repeating Gold

TT News Agency / Ludvig ThunmanGoaltending: Finland returns to the World Junior’s with arguably the best goaltending duo in the tournament. In fact, both Juuse Saros and Ville Husso are returning to help defend their 2014 gold, with Saros expected to take the starting role once again. Saros, a prospect of the Nashville Predators, had a 1.57 goals against and .943 save percentage...
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Geneve-Servette Summon Francis Bouillon, Janick Schwendener for Spengler Cup

The 2013 Spengler Cup Champions, Geneve-Servette, have announced the additions of defenseman Francis Bouillon and goaltender Janick Schwendener for the 2014 edition of the legendary tournament. Bouillon is well known by North Americans for participating in 776 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. Last season, the 39-year-old defenseman skated in 52 regular...
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Denmark WJC Preview: Ehlers Highlights Newly Promoted Danish Team

IIHF.comGoalies: George Sørensen may perhaps be known best for scoring an empty-net goal at the 2013 Division 1B U18 World Juniors, but the young netminder should be known more for his play. All he ever seems to do when he puts on the Danish jersey is win. While it’s almost guaranteed that he won’t be winning anything at the 2015 World Juniors, he did help Denmark win the 2014...
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Canada West Survives Collapse to Defeat Russia 3-2 in Shootout

Canada saw their two goal lead disappear late in the game, but their effort wouldn’t go to way thanks to a 3-2 win against Russia. The game saw a perfect start for Canada. Tyson Jost got his first of two points on Tuesday after going five-hole from the slot to give Canada the 1-0 lead just 1:39 into the battle. The early lead was the only goal the game saw until the 3:53 mark...
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