January 05 2015 10:59AM
Canada's performance against Russia in the past few World Juniors tournaments leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, every year the roster is completely turned over and there isn't any reason to believe that trend has to continue. Nonetheless, the Russian's still have the same head coach in Valeri Bragin that has kept the Russians so damn competitive over the past half decade.
The Russians have forsaken their stereotypical enigmatic roster, and have opted for a blue collar, lunch pail, physical lineup that Hockey Canada would be proud to dress. Canada will have its first true test of the tournament against its historical and greatest rival.
January 05 2015 07:13AM
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January 04 2015 09:17PM
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You've been there before, Canada. But it's been a while, for sure. World Junior gold medal game, against Russia, on home ice. What more could you ask for? While other rivalries will emerge, no two countries have meant more to the international hockey scene.
And oh, they got there with an initially close but eventual 5-1 victory over Slovakia.
January 04 2015 04:20PM
Today, Canada plays Slovakia at the World Juniors, their second meeting this year. Leaf forward Richard Panik certainly knows a thing or two about those games, having played Canada at the 2010 championship, albeit in a less important preliminary matchup that ended up 8-2 in favour of Canada.
January 04 2015 01:30PM
What do you even say?