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2014 U18 Video: Simon Kindschi, Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
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2014 U18 Video: Simon Kindschi, Switzerland

Photo: HC Davos defenseman Simon Kindschi is one of a handful of sizable defenders competing for Switzerland at the 2014 U18 World Championship in Finland (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

It didn't take long for a surprise win to take place at the 2014 U18 World Championship as Switzerland knocked off the USA, 4-2, in the opening game of the tournament.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Switzerland looks to maintain or possibly move up

by Rafik Soliman
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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Switzerland looks to maintain or possibly move up

Photo: HV71 forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala (#23) is expected to lead the offense for Switzerland at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of BJORN LINDGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

After meeting expectations at last year's IIHF U18 World Championship with solid play and qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time in two years, Switzerland is looking to have the same success this season and is hoping to finally move up among the top 4 countries.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Sweden looking to medal after disappointing showing in 2013

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Sweden looking to medal after disappointing showing in 2013

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2014 prospect Anton Karlsson competed for Sweden at the 2014 U20 WJC, but will play a bigger role for his country at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Last spring, Team Sweden went to Sochi, Russia feeling like a gold medal candidate. After two silver medals in a row and with a line-up chock full of kids who eventually heard their names called at the 2013 NHL Draft, Sweden sent a team into play that didn’t have to hide from anyone.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Canada looking for first gold repeat at U18

by Jason Menard
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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Canada looking for first gold repeat at U18

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point, shown here playing in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, could be an important offensive contributor for Canada at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The defending IIHF Under-18 World Championship, gold-medal-winning Team Canada has arrived in Finland ready to defend its title with a squad that’s laden with international experience and elite talent.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Host Finland looking to improve on 2013 bronze finish

by Tony Piscotta
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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Host Finland looking to improve on 2013 bronze finish

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, shown here playing at the 2013 U18 World Championship, will play for host Finland at the 2014 edition of this tournament (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland, the host team for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, finished fifth in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer despite winning three of the four games it played. With a number of key additions — particularly on defense — the U18 team competing in Imatra and Laapenranta should be stronger than the team that skated in Piestany, Slovakia.

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