2013 WJC Review: Canada fails to take medal for first time in 15 years

by Kevin Forbes
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Scott Harrington - Canada

Photo: Although his contributions didn't come on the scoresheet, Team Canada defenseman Scott Harrington was a steady, reliable performer at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The expectation for Canada is always the same: nothing short of a gold medal. But in recent history, the results have fallen short.

After a pair of silver medals and a bronze over the last three World Juniors, Canada was once again tasked with bringing home the gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba, and Jake McCabe, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jacob Trouba - USA

Photo: USA defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba capped off a fine showing at the 2013 WJC with a gold medal and tournament All-Star team selection (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The USA completed their comeback from a poor showing at last year's U-20 World Junior Championship to win the gold medal at the 2013 edition of this event.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Ryan Murphy, Jordan Binnington, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Ryan Murphy - Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy generated a number of shots on goal, but was not able to generate much offense at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After a run of 14 years of winning medals at the World Junior Championship, which included a string of five straight gold medals, Team Canada leaves Ufa, Russia empty-handed after losing to Russia 6-5 in overtime in a thrilling bronze medal match.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Leon Draisaitl, Germany

by Chapin Landvogt
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Leon Draisaitl - Germany

Photo: German forward Leon Draisaitl, who plays for the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, came through for his country in a game they needed to win to stay in the WJC's top grouping (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the German squad competing at the 2013 World Junior Championship, the main goal wasn't winning gold but instead simply avoiding relegation to next year's Division 1 WJC. Germany accomplished this goal, barely, defeating Lativa 5-2, marking the first time in 15 years that the Germans stayed in the top group in consecutive tournaments.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Morgan Rielly, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Morgan Rielly - Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly and his Team Canada teammates will battle for the bronze medal against familiar protagonist, Russia (courtesy of Imago/Icon SMI)

For Team Canada, anything less than winning the gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship is considered a major disappointment. But, for the third consecutive year, Canada is in just that position as they dropped their WJC semi-final game to the USA, 5-1.

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