Tag:World Junior Championships
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 3:59 pm
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Etem, Saad lead final U.S. World Juniors roster

By Brian Stubits

The World Junior Championships are a really big deal in Canada. The country looks forward to them almost as much as it does the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The same can't be said in the U.S., but every battle against Team Canada ratchets up the excitement level. This year will be no different. The Americans took the bronze in the World Junior tourney last year but the year before came away with the gold in a 6-5 final win over the Canadians.

USA Hockey finalized its world Juniors roster on Thursday in a much less celebrated way than Canada, which has a media scrum at the door of every cut player when he is told the news. Ouch.

The American roster that will be challenged with not only beating the Canadians on New Year's Eve in Edmonton but also with winning the gold, has some experience to speak of. Seven players who were part of the 2011 U.S. National Junior squad are playing, highlighted by some high NHL prospects like Emerson Etem, Charlie Coyle and Derek Forbort.

Notre Dame, Minnesota and Miami U lead the way with two players apiece from their schools. As far as NHL teams with most prospects named, the Florida Panthers (Connor Brickley, Kyle Rau and Nick Bjugstad) and Chicago Blackhawks (Brandon Saad, Adam Clendening and Stephen Johns) lead the way with three each.

The apparent strength of the roster the U.S. has assembled chock full of first-round draft picks not only bodes well for the team's chance at another gold but also at the continuing strength of USA Hockey in its development levels.

Good news for fans who want to cheer on the Red, White and Blue, all games will be televised on NHL Network. The first tournament game for USA is on Monday, the day after Christmas against Denmark.

To see the USA Hockey release and team tournament schedule, click here. You can find the full team roster here. And as a public service announcement, @DaveStarmanCBS and @chrismpeters are great follows on Twitter if you want to keep up with the news on the U.S. World Juniors squad.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 10:54 am
 

Daily Skate: Kovalev's burden, U.S. Juniors lose

By Brian Stubits

TOO GOOD FOR HIS OWN GOOD: Since Alexei Kovalev left the NHL to go to Russia's KHL, he fired some shots at Ottawa and then took plenty of shots in return. That's all on top of the criticism he's heard throughout his career. You know them: He doesn't play every game, he's hockey's Randy Moss, all talent and no heart, etc. Scott Cullen of TSN penned a column about Kovalev suffering the curse of being supremely talented and thus having expectations through the roof.

USA JUNIORS DROP: As the Junior camp rolls on in Lake Placid for Team USA and they try to whittle down the roster to the final 22, the Americans are playing some exhibition games. On Wednesday they squared off with the Swedes and fell 4-1. The only score of the U.S. came from Florida Panthers draftee Vincent Trocheck. The USA has two more games remaining at the camp, one rematch with Sweden and one against Finland.

SMASHING TICKET SALES: The Predators haven't had the best offseason on record, but it's not stopping them from selling tickets (Ticketnews.com). The numbers are up across the board for season ticket sales in Nashville, and in a rare site an NHL team is actually outperforming an NFL team (the Tennessee Titans). The team's first playoff series victory seems to be helping, as does the slight rebranding to further align themselves with Nashville's rich music history.

BIG RED BIRD III: The Detroit Red Wings showed off their new airplane on Wednesday that they will use this season, named Red Bird III. Take a look at these pictures (Hockey Town Blog). There are a multitude of reasons players want to go play for the Wings, but comfort in the sky like this will only hope give another reason.

DESERT SIGNING: The Phoenix Coyotes made a small move yesterday, re-signing forward Viktor Tikhonov to a one-year, two-way contract. In the AHL last season, he had 10 goals and 23 assists for the San Antonio Rampage. AZ Vibe says the deal contains a "European Assignment Clause" meaning if he isn't playing with the Coyotes, he can play in the KHL.

HOCKEY MEETS SOCCER: Perhaps soccer is just on the brain after Jurgen Klinsmann made his U.S. coaching debut last night and the announcement that NBC and the network formerly known as Versus will be showing MLS games. But check out these hockey-meets-soccer jerseys that were mocked up by majupra.imgur.com. Can't figure out why, but I find myself liking the nauseating Canadiens stripes (and red jersey).

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