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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Dillon Heatherington, Canada

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Dillon Heatherington - Swift Current Broncos

Photo: Swift Current Broncos defenseman Dillon Heatherington has been a steady presence on the blue line for Team Canada at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2008, Canada will be competing for gold at the U18 World Junior Championship. The Canadians moved on to the gold medal game at this year's event by virtue of their 3-1 win over Finland in a semi-final match that took place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Steve Santini, USA

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Steve Santini - All-American Prospects Game

Photo: USA defenseman Steve Santini has been ranked among the first round talent for the 2013 NHL Draft since taking part in the 2012 All-American Prospects Game in September (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Although Team USA's defense lacks some of the star power that was on hand at the U18 World Junior Championship last year in the Czech Republic, this year's group has played very well during the team's march to their semi-final meeting with Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Keaton Thompson and Thatcher Demko, USA

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Keaton Thompson - USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman Keaton Thompson has seen his 2013 draft ranking remain relatively steady over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Both the USA and Sweden entered the playoff round at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship having lost their final game of the preliminary round. As fate would have it, the two teams faced off against one another in the U18 quarter-finals, with Sweden hoping to end a losing streak to the USA that includes three consecutive goal medal game losses at this event.

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2013 U18 WJC: Note and quotes from Sochi/Adler

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Bolshoy Ice Dome - Sochi Olympic Village

Photo: The Bolshoy ice Dome will be the main venue for hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and has been one of the arenas employed during the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

Some notes and quotes gathered during the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship being held in Sochi/Adler, Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Andre Burakovsky, Sweden

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Andre Burakowsky - Sweden

Photo: Sweden’s Andre Burakowsky is the son Robert Burakowsky, a long-time European pro player who spent part of one NHL season with the Ottawa Senators (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden was sailing through the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship until they ran into a brick wall in the form of Team Canada in the final game of the opening round. Canada blanked the Swedes, 6-0, marring what had otherwise been a good showing for Sweden at this U18.

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