2013 U18 WJC Playoffs: Canada, Russia could renew gold medal rivalry

by Chapin Landvogt
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Vladimir Tkachev - Russia

Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Sergei Tolchinsky, Russia

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Sergei Tolchinsky - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Soo Greyhounds forward Sergei Tolchinsky adjusted well to the North American during his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The host country for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Russia, completed the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating the Czech Republic, 5-2, in their final match of the opening round.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Haralds Egle, Latvia

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Haralds Egle - Latvia

Photo: Latvian forward Haralds Egle is one of four team members to have played in North America in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Latvia came into the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship hoping to at least equal that country's performance at the 2012 version of this tournament.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Russia looking to mine gold on home turf

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Sergei Tolchinsky - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Terry Wilson / OHL Images

As the hosts of this 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championship, the Russians would love to prove that they are the best hockey country of the world. They won their last gold from this event in 2007, but last year failed to reach a medal position. As you know, hockey always carries a huge importance in Russia, but now, with the tournament on their own soil, they will probably make an even bigger deal out of this tournament. Unfortunately, the Russian Hockey Federation hasn't released the final roster as of this writing, but there are some names that should be in the mix once the WJC gets underway.

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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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