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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team that remain underdogs

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team that remain underdogs

Photo: Team Slovakia forward and 2017 prospect Sam Bucek began the 2015-16 with Nitra MHC but elected to move to North America to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Slovakia’s entry at last spring’s IIHF U18 World Championship started its tournament off with a bang by defeating Sweden, 3-1, but the tournament went downhill from there. Although a victory over eventually relegated Germany allowed Slovakia to finish the preliminary round with two victories, their playoff performance looked like that of a team that didn’t belong there. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

by Glen Erickson
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun had a productive 2015-16 season, posting 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While disappointment at the club level is a reality for many of those named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team pre-competition camp in Winnipeg, the opportunity to wear a Team Canada jersey at the 2016 IIHF U18 Championship should soothe some of the ache. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Early test could determine Denmark’s fate

by Chapin Landvogt
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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Early test could determine Denmark’s fate

Photo: Rungsted forward and 2017 prospect Jonas Rondbjerg (#16) competed for Denmark’s squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he contributed one assist in limited ice time (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Denmark’s U18 program earned its way back up to the show last spring and will be hoping to do at the U18 level what its U20 team has done at the past two World Junior Championships – namely survive! Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Nylander leads Sweden squad heavy with 2017 prospects

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Nylander leads Sweden squad heavy with 2017 prospects

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander finished 19th in scoring in the OHL in 2015-16, posting 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In April of 2015, the Swedish national team traveled to Switzerland fully believing it was sending a medal contender to the IIHF U18 World Championship. But aside from a tight victory over future dropout Germany in the preliminary round, which at least got Sweden to the playoff round, there was very little to write home about. The team was dismissed in the first round of the playoffs after losing to Russia, the USA and even Slovakia in the preliminary round. Heads rolled and the program will be featuring a new coach, Torgny Bendelin, on the bench for this year’s tournament. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

by David Hahn
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Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

Photo: University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula was the scoring star for the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more »

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