2013 U18 WJC: Two minutes with German U18 coach Jim Setters

by Chapin Landvogt
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German Ice Hockey Federation

Article: Germany’s head coach for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Jim Setters, talks about his team and their preparation for the WJC.

As Germany’s U18 team wrapped up its 6-0 and 9-2 thrashing of Japan in two test games before heading to Sochi, coach Jim Setters was making his final decisions on who to bring to Russia. The decisions have come easier this year as Germany will be sporting a team that is expected to do a bit more than in years past, although it has finished sixth in the two most recent U18 tournaments.

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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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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Beyond Tomorrow: Draisaitl makes a solid first impression

by Brian Fogarty
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Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 draft prospect Leon Draisaitl is a finalist for the WHL's Rookie of the Year award (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.

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2013 ECHL All-Star Game: Grubauer’s ECHL swan song comes on a high note

by Justin Felisko
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Philipp Grubauer - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Washington Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer, shown here playing for the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs, has performed impressively so far in the ECHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The ECHL and the ECHL All-Star Game has quietly become one of the top showcases and grooming grounds for upcoming National Hockey League goaltenders.

Just ask the Washington Capitals.

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2013 WJC Review: Mission accomplished as Germany avoids relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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Sebastian Uvira - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Forward Sebastian Uvira, who just competed for Germany at the 2013 WJC, has a new team in the OHL as he has been dealt by the Oshawa Generals to the Plymouth Whalers (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Coming into the 2013 World Junior Championship, Team Germany’s head coach Ernst Hofner went about his preparatory business knowing right from the beginning that his country was fighting to avoid relegation, that an appearance in the relegation round was just short of pre-programmed, and that Germany would be using the preliminary round to prepare for what would likely come down to a game between Germany and – should there be no surprises – Latvia. This may have been the forecast made by most beforehand, and it was exactly how things ended up.

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