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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Avoiding relegation is Slovakia’s main goal

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Martin Reway - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Slovakia will be short on offensive firepower for the U18 WJC, and may be even more so if Gatineau Olypiques forward Martin Reway is not able to participate (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Coach Ernest Bokros has been double-shifting this winter as the U20 and U18 Slovakia national team coach, but he’ll only be bringing one player to the upcoming U18 who was also with him at the WJC, namely forward Martin Reway. And that’s only if Reway is healthy enough to go. What he’ll also be bringing along with him are three of the five oldest players at the tournament as well as the tournament’s youngest participant.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Germany hopes to build on improved U18 play

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Dominik Kahun - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Diminutive forward Dominik Kahun of the Sudbury Wolves will be one of the players that Germany will look towards for offense at the U18 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the past two years, Germany has managed to ice a U18 tournament entry that has competed strongly in finishing a solid sixth on both occasions. Along the way, the team was able to grab the odd unexpected point or push a favorite to the brink of defeat, for example, when it beat Russia 4-2 in 2012 or in its 5-4 and 4-3 losses to Russia and Canada respectively in 2011.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Canada hopes to improve on last year’s bronze finish

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Team Canada’s U18 squad will feature the usual complement of offensive talent, perhaps none more talented than OHL Rookie of the Year Connor McDavid (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Canadian national team coach Don Hay is heading to Sochi as a man with a great deal of experience ranging from the NHL (Calgary and Phoenix) right on down to over 20 years of experience in Canadian juniors, having won the Memorial Cup on three separate occasions. Now it’ll be his duty to quickly turn an extremely talented group of young men into a championship caliber team.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Canada, Sweden highlight the Group B countries

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2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Canada and Sweden, two countries that have squared off many times in international play, have been slotted together in Group B at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of JC Pinheiro/PressPhotoInt/Icon SMI)

For fans of tournaments where no preliminary round game is a ‘gimme’, we welcome you to Group B play at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship. In Sweden and Canada, the group hosts two of the four favorites for gold in this tournament.

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Zadorov hitting his stride with the Knights

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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Nikita Zadorov is preparing for his team's OHL Conference Championship series with Plymouth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

“La Femme Nikita” is the story of a secret assassin who works in the shadows. Le “blueliner” Nikita, London Knights' Nikita Zadorov, has no such anonymity. After all, at 6’7” with a propensity for big hits and a big shot, it’s hard to miss the Russian defenseman.

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