2013 WJC Preview: Slovakia faces tough road at World Juniors

by Chapin Landvogt
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Marko Dano - Slovakia

Photo: Goals will be hard to come by for Slovakia at the 2013 WJC, but forward and 2013 prospect Marko Dano is likely to be relied on to help generate whatever offense his country can muster (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It’s been a few years since Slovakia enjoyed its fairy tale run that included a victory over the USA and a quarterfinal appearance at the 2009 WJC. And, despite a sixth place finish at last winter’s tourney, Slovakia is once again entering an international tournament knowing it could just as easily be battling against relegation. The 2013 World Junior Championship will likely be no different.

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Illo still adjusting to NCAA game

by Justin Felisko
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Radoslav Illo - Slovakia

Photo: Bemidji State winger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Radoslav Illo, shown here playing for Slovakia, has so far experienced a lengthy adjustment period to the NCAA's brand of hockey (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

When the Anaheim Ducks drafted Radoslav Illo in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the organization thought it would be getting a potential pure goal scorer.

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Canadian players head list of top Ivan Hlinka performers

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Belleville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban was one of the top performers for Canada's gold medal team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, considered by some to be the most prestigeous international hockey competition of players under eighteen years of age, was held last week in Břeclav, Czech Republic, and Piešťany, Slovakia. And as is usually the case in the world of hockey, some results and statistics were simply surprising.

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Jurco, Ouellet among Wings prospects to enjoy long post-seasons

by Mike Farkas
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Tom Jurco at the 2011 NHL Draft.

Photo: Tomas Jurco is among the few Red Wings prospects to see an extensive post-season. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

 

Success in Hockeytown is measured in Stanley Cups, but unfortunately, the Detroit Red Wings and their local affiliates came up well short of their intended goals this past season. The Red Wings made the playoffs but failed to advance past the division rival Nashville Predators in the first round. The AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins missed the playoffs altogether. They won just three of their final 10 games down the stretch and missed the playoffs by nine points. At the ECHL level, the Toledo Walleye posted the third-worst record in the league as they were unable to clinch a postseason berth for the second straight season. It was a disappointing spring for most Red Wings prospects abroad as well, though there were several notable exceptions.

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2012 World Championship: Medal Day Wrap-Up

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk helped lead the Russian squad at the 2012 World Championship to a gold medal win (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

Sunday was Medal Day at the 2012 World Championship, with Russia coming away with the gold medal following a 6-2 win over Slovakia at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, FinlandSlovakia took home silver while the Czech Republic scored the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Finland.

Hockey's Future spoke with some of the players taking part in these two games following those matches, with those interviews being presented below.

BRONZE MEDAL GAME

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