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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: For the USA, no goal but gold

by Chapin Landvogt
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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: For the USA, no goal but gold

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews will lead the way for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

When it comes to USA Hockey’s U18 team, coming off gold in Belarus, gold in Germany, gold in the Czech Republic, silver in Russia and then gold again in Finland, there is little the program accepts other than excellence at the U18 level. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Sweden should be in the hunt for a medal

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2015 U18 World Championship: Sweden should be in the hunt for a medal

Photo: Brynas forward and 2015 prospect Jens Looke was a part of Sweden’s 2015 U20 squad, and he’ll also compete for his country at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

In the spring of 2014, Team Sweden headed to the homeland of archrival Finland with visions of grandeur, knowing full well that their blueline of redwoods would provide lots of support for not only a cast of hardworking forwards, but all-in-one weapon William Nylander, their all-star and a go-to guy like no other available to them for that U18 World Championship. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Russia hoping to better U20 silver medal showing

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2015 U18 World Championship: Russia hoping to better U20 silver medal showing

Photo: Team Russia settled for a silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championship, but will be looking to earn gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Team Russia has recently had much more success at the U20 World Junior Championship level than at the U18, with the last U18 medal being a bronze in 2011 in Germany when the team was led by players like Nikita Kucherov (TBL), Mikhail Grigorenko (BUF), and Nail Yakupov (EDM). Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Slovakia looks to build off of U20 success

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Slovakia looks to build off of U20 success

Photo: HC Kosice forward and 2015 prospect Radovan Bondra is hoping to bring some of the success of the U20 Slovakian team to the U18 squad competing at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Switzerland (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

A little miracle took place for Slovakia on the last night of the U20 World Junior Championship this past winter. The bronze medal obtained by Slovakia at this year’s WJC practically rejuvenated an ice hockey nation that was feeling as if its best days were eternally behind it. The tournament darlings made that bronze medal game victory over Sweden feel as if they’d won the Stanley Cup. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Latvia among candidates for relegation round

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Latvia among candidates for relegation round

Photo: Team Latvia will bring another group of hard-working players to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but will be challenged to avoid the relegation round (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

After a promotion following their first-place showing at last year’s U18 World Championship Divsion I Group A tournament held in Nice, France, Team Latvia will fight for survival in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid relegation back to that lower level. Read more »

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