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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Latvia hoping to match solid showing at last year’s tournament

by Radoslav Vavrina
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2013 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship

Article: Latvia had a surprisingly good showing at the 2012 U18 World Juniors, and will be looking to build on that at the 2013 edition of this tournament.

Last year, Latvia participated in the U18 World Junior Championship for the first time since getting promoted from Division I in 2011. Many experts and journalists expected the Baltic state to fight to keep themselves in the elite group, but Latvians took their mission to another level.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Hard-working Finland looking to compete for gold

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Artturi Lehkonen - Finland

Photo: Finland’s U18 squad will look to offensively talented forward Artturi Lehkonen to provide some offensive punch to their lineup (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Finland hasn't won a U18 WJC gold since winning it twice in a row back in 1999 and 2000, but the potentital is there for this country to accomplish that feat once again.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Czech Republic looks to move up among the top U18 countries

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Dominik Kubalik - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik is looking to help his home country, the Czech Republic, make some noise at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Czech Republic has failed to medal since being promoted to the elite division in 2008. In the last two years at the U18, they had to fight to avoid relegation both times, but now it finally looks as if they have a real chance to get past the preliminary round and compete against the strongest of the participants.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: USA, Russia expected to lead competitive Group A

by Radoslav Vavrina
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2013 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship

Photo: Perennial rivals Russia and the USA will do battle on the first day of the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The 2013 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship gets underway on Thursday. The teams are ready in Sochi, Russia, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games being held next year. Group A of this U18 features much anticipated matchups between the hosts of the event, Russia, a perennial contender and winner of four past WJC's at the Under-18 level, and the United States, powered by their smart National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP).

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Switzerland looks to build on recent U20 success

by Chapin Landvogt
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Mirco Mueller - Team Cherry

Photo: Swiss defenseman and 2013 prospect Mirco Mueller (#5), shown here competing at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, will be a key player for the Swiss at the U18 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

For two years running, Switzerland’s U18 team hasn’t been able to prevent itself from winding up in relegation round play. Once there, the teams have been able to finish on top and thus, seventh overall in the tournament. This year’s team is confident it can get over that hump and it will look at the performance of its U20 team in Ufa for inspiration.

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