December 26 2016 08:56PM
In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.
Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods. The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.
December 26 2016 01:26PM
It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
December 26 2016 11:00AM
There's an old adage about hockey fans that states that their interest in prospects is directly related to how good or bad the team they follow is performing. The Vancouver Canucks, despite their best efforts, find themselves sitting at 28th in the overall league standings, and seven points out of a wild card spot. That means that for Canucks fans, the World Juniors should be appointment viewing.
We'll look at a few things Canucks fans should be keeping their eyes on after the jump.
December 26 2016 09:00AM
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Today marks the beginning of the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal and Toronto. It's a highlight of many hockey fans season, as it pits the best U20 talent against each other.
The Canucks representation is led by 5th overall pick Olli Juolevi, as he and Team Finland look to defend their gold medal from last year. With a lot of roster turnover, Team Finland will have a bit of a challenge to recapture gold, but there is no doubt that they will be in the mix. As we've seen in years past, just takes a hot goalie, or an explosion of offence, or some good teamwork to make it all the way.
December 23 2016 10:33PM
There were parts of tonight's game that left the impression the Canucks never left Vancouver after last night's loss.
Take the second period, for example. The Canucks bookended that frame with two near-ten-minute stretches without a shot attempt at even strength. Even their one goal came by accident. Unless, of course, you think Nikita Tryamkin practiced that Snooker shot goal off the Flames defender and over a confused Brian Elliott's head. Colour me skeptical.
That lead, tenuous as it was, didn't last long into the Canucks' listless second frame. It took the Flames less than three minutes to draw even and pulled away 3-1 by the second intermission. Matthew Tkachuk put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal to secure the 4-1 victory for the Flames.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 of the Flames' 36 shots for the Canucks. Brian Elliott stopped 13 of the Canucks' 14 shots.