Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Stephen Kronthaler, Germany

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Stephen Kronthaler - Germany

Photo: German defender Stephen Kronthaler is captaining a squad that is hoping to avoid relegation to the WJC's Division 1, Group A level (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Being named captain of any squad is never a bad thing as it usually is considered an honor to be that highly valued by both coaches and peers. But it would be especially good for German captain Stephen Kronthaler if he were to captain Germany to another appearance at the top level of the World Junior Championship in 2014.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Frederik Tiffels, Germany

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Fredrik Tiffels - Muskegon Lumberjacks

Photo: Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Fredrik Tiffels is competing for Germany at the 2013 WJC, but he and his German teammates have had a tough time so far in that tournament (courtesy of Ellen DeLuca)

Coming into the 2013 World Junior Championship, Team Germany knew that they would have their work cut out for them given their placement in a group that included Canada, Russia, and the USA.  And the apprehension surrounding that placement appears to have been justified as the Germans have been outscored by those three opponents by a combined 24-3 in the first three games of the tournament.

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Dikushin, Tiffels part of growing global presence in USHL

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Grigory Dikushin - Green Bay Gamblers

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers forward Grigory Dikushin (#97) is competing in his second USHL season after coming over from Russia for the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Rick Schaffer)

In 2011, the USHL increased the amount of foreign players each club could carry from two to four. As a result, many teams have put more emphasis on global scouting in order to recruit European skaters that will improve their teams. But, while many of the foreign players in the USHL are from Canada, two teams are reaping the benefits of their global outreach and, in turn, have improved the league’s brand among the global hockey community.

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2013 WJC Preview: Avoiding relegation tops Germany’s to-do list at World Juniors

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Dominik Kahun - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Offense may be hard to come by for Germany at the 2013 World Junior Championship, but one player they will look to for scoring is forward Dominik Kahun of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, Team Germany is returning to hockey’s belle étage after a one year sojourn to the Division 1, Group A tournament, which Germany hosted in December of 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Hofner looks forward to Germany’s return to top WJC grouping

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Ernst Hoefner - German National Juniors

Photo: Germany's coach for the 2013 World Junior Championship, Ernst Hoefner, has played a major role in the improvement of that country's junior hockey program (courtesy of Marco Leipold/WCOH via Getty Images)

The German WJC entry for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships held in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY included one of the best assortments of young hockey players the country had put together in quite some time, including NHL draft picks Philipp Grubauer (WAS), Konrad Abeltshauser (SJS), Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT), Marcel Noebels (PHI), Tobias Rieder (EDM) and Mirko Hoefflin (CHI).

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