Robin Brownlee
December 26 2012 07:03AM

While it's probably prudent to curb ones enthusiasm, given Team Canada's opening game at the World Junior Championship in Russia amounted to little more than a controlled scrimmage against an overmatched opponent, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 9-3 waltz over Germany today.

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Merry Christmas!

Kent Wilson
December 24 2012 09:40AM



May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you're a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else's good time (looking at you, Bettman). 

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KHL: Great Grabo Goal, Ovechkin Beast Mode

Steve Dangle
December 24 2012 12:25AM

T'is the season to watch wicked goals and not people talk about decertification.

Enjoy! We'll be back on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Leafs prospects Biggs, Sparks make USA's 24-man roster

Cam Charron
December 23 2012 11:23AM

The roster for the United States' national team at the upcoming IIHF U-20 world championships was trimmed to 24 late last night, and to nobody's surprise, Toronto Maple Leafs' prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks both made the cut.

The US had some trouble in the pre-tournament games, as did Canada, dropping a 5-1 game to Finland for the last pre-tourney game and required overtime to defeat Sweden. The Americans still have one more cut to make, and they must do it before the tournament starts Wednesday, but it's likely Biggs and Sparks both make the team. Biggs was used often in the pre-tournament games, while Sparks should be the third goalie on a squad that's allowed to take three. We'll see if he gets any action.

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Best of the Nation: 12.23.12

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2012 08:48AM

Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks - read past the jump to see more.

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