2012 WJC Journal – Day One

By Ken McKenna

Photo: the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary will host Group A and the playoff round of the 2012 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2012 World Junior Championship is officially underway in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, which has so far included a few blowout victories for the top teams in the tournament.  Hockey’s Future will be providing coverage from this event over the course of the next nearly two weeks with Calgary being the base of operations.

For the preliminary portion of the WJC we’ll be providing coverage of Group A, which includes Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Latvia.  Once the playoff and relegation round begins, we’ll have coverage of the Group B teams along with Group A.

We’ll feature different types of content over the course of the WJC, including articles, video, and podcasts.  One other bit of content will be this daily journal, which will be a mix of our own content plus other content from outside of HF.  The idea is to give you a better overall flavor of what is happening at this event, as well as to provide more thorough coverage than can be provided by one person in one city.

To get a better idea of what I’m referring to, read on!

Canada routs Finland in opener

One of those Group B teams getting off to a hot start was the host team, Canada, as they easily defeated Finland, 8-1.  Jonathan Huberdeau with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and Mark Stone (3 goals) were the scoring stars for Canada, with 10 other players chipping in points on the day.  Mark Visentin, who is looking to rebound from the third period meltdown in last year’s WJC final, turned in a solid performance as Canada’s starting goaltender.

Globe and Mail columnist Eric Duhatschek was one person that was appreciative of Visentin’s performance, as evidenced by this tweet… 

Here’s a more thorough rundown of how this game unfolded… 

Canada opens world junior hockey championship with 8-1 win over


EDMONTON – Mark Stone‘s hat trick led Canada to an 8-1 win over Finland to open the world junior men’s hockey championship Monday. Stone, who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings, also had an assist for the host country.

The news wasn’t all good for Canada though, as is pointed out by this Twitter tweeter…


Devante Smith-Pelley suffered a fractured left foot blocking a shot for Team Canada at WJC. today. He’s expected to miss 4-6 wks. -Ducks

Monday, December 26, 2011 8:31:55 PM

But there is no doubt that the Canadian squad is engaged and looking to avenge last year’s gold medal collapse.  Maybe they have taken this Nike advertisement to heart..

Nike – Pressure Is Power – 2012 WJC

Pressure doesn’t stop you, or stand in your way. It powers you. When it’s on you, use it. Without it? Good luck. #PRESSUREISPOWER

Blowouts were indeed the theme of the first day as Sweden whipped Latvia, 9-4, while the United States turned in an impressive 11-3 rout of Denmark.  The one game that was fairly evenly matched was the RussiaSwitzerland tilt with the Russians riding the hot goaltending of Andrei Vasilevski to a 3-0 win.

The First Round Bust blog provides a good rundown of some of the high and low points from the blowout frenzy from Day 1 at the WJC…

First Round Bust: 2012 WJC: The Good, Bad & Ugly On Day 1


2012 WJC: The Good, Bad & Ugly On Day 1. Posted by: Nate Blowouts were the theme for Boxing Day with the United States thrashing Denmark 11-3, Finland being blown by Canada 8-1 and Sweden defeating Latvia 9-4.

One Twitterer decries the tournament heavyweights laying it on the featherweights, while another wants to revel in the destruction – at least in the case of one team…


These blowouts at the #WJC by Canada are getting boring. Any point in having the tourney if only 3-4 teams are competitive?

Monday, December 26, 2011 3:53:23 PM


@chayglass But what’s wrong with a week of blowouts? It’s awesome to sit down & watch #Canada throttle teams 8-1! #GoCanada #WJC

Monday, December 26, 2011 5:24:58 PM

You can decide what side of the debate you’re on.  It’s been a long day, so video will be posted tomorrow.