2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

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Team Canada - Gold Medal - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Canada earned their first gold medal at the World Junior Championship since 2009 but have won gold at this event 16 times since 1977 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The host country for the 2015 World Junior Championship made the most of its home-ice advantage as Team Canada made an unbeaten run through the preliminary and playoff rounds to secure the gold medal, their first at this tournament since 2009. Canada defeated Russia in the gold medal game, 5-4, making it the fifth straight year that Russia has earned a medal at the World Juniors. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Preview of the four semi-final teams

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Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart is the leading scorer for his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The final four countries are now set for the 2015 World Junior Championship. The semi-final pairings have been set, with Sweden and Russia squaring off in one game, while host Canada will do battle with Slovakia. Both games are rematches of preliminary round games. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: USA, Canada winners in Monday tilts

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Dylan Larkin - Team USA

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The favorites in Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship played as favorites should on Monday night as the USA and Canada both won their games in workmanlike fashion. The U.S. downed Slovakia 3-0 while Canada skated past defending gold medalists Finland, 4-1. The victories setup the showdown between the top two teams in Group A that will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more»

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