Like their first game against Switzerland, no one expected Sweden to lose to Austria. However, there were some key differences in their second appearance at the rescheduled 2022 World Juniors. Gone were the rusty, careless plays of the first game, replaced with a well-oiled machine that shut down the game from the moment the Swedes
After opening the 2022 World Juniors with a 6-1 win over Latvia on Tuesday, Finland had a tougher time against Czechia, falling behind 2-0 in the first and coming back to win 4-3 in a shootout. Starting goaltender Leevi Merilainen looked shaky early on, but settled down during the second period, along with the rest
With the current direction of the organization doing little to generate any excitement around the Chicago Blackhawks, the rescheduled 2022 World Junior Championship couldn’t have come at a better time. Fans can take a break from being forced to accept the lack of success expected for the franchise, to simply enjoy watching its future blossom.
Finland kicked off their August schedule at the 2022 World Junior Championship (WJC) with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Tuesday. The score wasn’t indicative of the play on the ice, though, as the Latvians for the most part contained the skill of the Finns until the latter stages of the third period. Related: 2022
Sweden enters the 2022 World Junior Championship with one thing on its mind – retribution. Last year they brought one of the most exciting rosters to the tournament, hungry to improve on their bronze-medal finish in 2020, and they had the roster to do it. Their defense featured three returnees in Victor Soderstrom, Tobias Bjornfot,
We’ve reached the point of the offseason that we call “the dog days of summer”. When free agency has passed, the news cycle cools down, and we typically face a month or so of crickets from the hockey world while everyone waits for training camp to start up. I say “typically” because, this year, the
As a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the very transmissible Omicron variant, the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship has been cancelled due to consecutive days of players testing positive. Chris Peters of Daily Faceoff reported that there was a meeting to determine the state of the tournament. Ultimately, they came
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships (WJC) Men’s U20 tournament got underway Sunday afternoon, with back-to-back four-game slates of action featuring many of tomorrow’s NHL stars. The Carolina Hurricanes, with their record-tying 10-player haul headed to Red Deer and Edmonton, had plenty of reasons to watch over the first two days. In all, nine of
Russia hit the ice for their second game of the preliminary round, and it was already a “must-win” scenario for head coach Sergei Zubov and his roster. After losing their first game to Sweden, the Russian squad needed a regulation time win to keep their chances for earning the top seed in Group B alive.
Russia hit the ice for their first game of the 2022 World Junior Championships preliminary round, facing off against Team Sweden in a game that will likely have a direct impact on who will win the top seed from Group B going into the medal round. Being the first game of the tournament, it was
While this time of year is filled with family gatherings and holiday cheer, for hockey fans who love to focus on the future of the game, the best present will be opened on Dec. 26. The IIHF World Junior Championship always provides a great look at the potential top stars of tomorrow. The rosters will
With the NHL postponing games from today through Dec. 26 due to rising COVID cases, the New Jersey Devils will have about a week off before returning to the ice on Dec. 27 to take on the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. But before then, Devils fans have a bit to look forward to at the
We’re now in December and you know what that means? That’s right! It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the 2022 World Junior Championship is quickly approaching. Hockey fans anxiously wait for this event as it has been a holiday tradition and has grown tremendously since it’s first official tournament in 1977. While