December 26 2014 09:19PM
As an annual tradition, the World Junior tournament begins with Canada facing off against an overmatched opponent before ramping things up over the next couple weeks. This year is no different, as tonight they opened things up on home ice against Slovakia, a team they've never lost to at this competition.
December 26 2014 04:31PM
For Canucks fans, the 2015 World Junior Championships will be one of the more interesting ones in recent memory, as Vancouver has three prospects participating: Canada's Jake Virtanen, USA's Thatcher Demko, and Sweden's Gustav Forsling. While fan of teams like the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs will get to enjoy their prospects be stars of their native teams (I'm looking at you William Nylander and Nikolaj Ehlers), only Demko expected is expected to play a critical role for his team, as Virtanen and Fosling look to be penciled in to their lineups as supporting players.
The cream of the 2015 draft crop will also be playing, including Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Noah Hanafin, but these names will likely be long gone by the time the Canucks come to make a selection with their 2015 first round draft pick. So who are some of the lesser known names that Canucks fans should keep an eye on during the tournament? Find out after the jump.
December 26 2014 11:44AM
Hope all of you folks have gotten over your Christmas Day hangovers (turkey related, or otherwise), because it's just about time for World Junior Hockey. Facing off tonight at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, Team Canada will kick off their tournament against Team Slovakia at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
December 24 2014 12:54PM
As we head into the Christmas break, many of the Canucks prospects schedules continue to slow down. But with juniors slowing down that only means one thing: The IIHF World Under-20 Championship! We are back again this week with all the latest in prospect news and updates.
Continue past the jump to see how your favourite prospect is performing.
December 22 2014 11:52PM
The Arizona Coyotes got the short end of the scheduling stick - they didn't get the fragile Canucks of last week and managed to just narrowly avoid them escaping a regression induced tunnel with that tightly fought and contested slump-busting victory on Saturday.
Instead, they caught a confident and rejuvenated Vancouver club that was due for serious offensive regression in the most positive sense. It came early and often in a wave of first period goals that proved too much for the offensively adverse Coyotes to overcome.
When it was all said and done, the Canucks managed to ensure they entered the Christmas break on a positive note, thumping the Coyotes by a final score of 7-1. Find out how on the other side of the jump.