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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shaw provides mix of offense, grit for Canada

by Ken McKenna
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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shaw provides mix of offense, grit for Canada

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers forward and 2017 prospect Mason Shaw had a productive season for the rebuilding Tigers, scoring 17 goals and 60 points in 67 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 

Canada posted their second win of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, although it didn’t come as easily as their first win on Friday night. The Czech Republic provided the opposition on Saturday, and, after Canada took a 3-0 lead, the Czechs gave the Canadians all they could handle before finally bowing, 3-1. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Switzerland looking to do more than simply avoid relegation

by Rafik Soliman
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Switzerland looking to do more than simply avoid relegation

Photo: Team Switzerland competed in the medal round of the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship in front of their home crowd, and will look to make a return at this year’s event in Grand Forks, ND.

 

 

At last year’s IIHF U18 World Championship, Switzerland finished the tournament supported by a partisan home crowd in Zug, ultimately placing fourth. It was the second time the Swiss finished a championship at home in the top-4 of the world. The core of that group, who snuck into the medal round with a last minute overtime win against Latvia, was built around the 97-class, which was one of the strongest and deepest Switzerland has ever produced. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Finland should be in the medal round mix

by Tony Piscotta
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Finland should be in the medal round mix

Photo: Saginaw Spirit defenseman and 2016 prospect Markus Niemelainen netted a goal and 27 points in 65 OHL games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

With some of Finland’s top players in this age group playing all over the world — and four competing for the Finland U20 team that won a gold medal in Helsinki at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship — the 2015-16 season has been one of experimentation and mixing and matching for Finland U18 head coach Jussi Ahokas. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Czechs hoping for return to medal round

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Czechs hoping for return to medal round

Photo: Saskatoon Blades defenseman Libor Hajak competed for Team Orr at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, picking up an assist in his team’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

 

 

After a big silver medal win in Finland at the 2014 U18 IIHF World Championship, where players such as David Pastrnak and Jakub Vrana had the scouting community licking their chops, last spring’s Czech Republic squad proved to be competitive but bland despite featuring players such as Pavel Zacha and Jakub Zboril, both of whom ended up being first round draft picks. Despite making the playoffs rather handily, the team was stopped dead in its tracks by eventual gold medalist Team USA, getting spanked by a 7-2 score. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Inexperienced Latvia squad hard-pressed to avoid relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Inexperienced Latvia squad hard-pressed to avoid relegation

Image: Team Latvia will send a mostly internationally inexperienced team to the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where they hope to avoid relegation to D-1.

 

 

After making their way up from Division I in 2014, the Latvians played a wonderful tournament in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship. Things started off with a wild 11-6 loss to Canada, but the team showed that it would not back down and would find ways to be dangerous. Read more »

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