2015 World Juniors Report: Day 1

The World Juniors is officially underway as the Boxing Day tradition continued with eight teams in action on the first day. For many of the top teams in the tournament it was not a tough start to their tournament. As usual most of the top teams faced the weaker teams to begin their tournament leaving the biggest games for New Year’s where first place in each group should be on the line. Those easy starts are not necessarily the best thing though as some teams can be lured into a false sense of security.

Rivals Looking to play Spoiler in Toronto (2015 World Juniors)

Toronto will be the host to the biggest games of the tournament this year as they are the home to the medal round. Before that though, they play host to one of the biggest rivals of the home country in Russia. Not all too long ago the Russians were beaten at home in the Olympic Games when the Canadians took home gold in Sochi. Now the junior team looks to get back at their longest rivals by taking home the gold medal in one of the biggest tournaments for Canadians in Canada.

NHL Week in Review (January 5-11)

The Sochi Olympics are just a few weeks away and as the world watches Sochi for the Olympics one event will stand out. The hockey tournament at the Olympics has been the premier event of every Winter Olympics and a large part has been the involvement of the NHL. The league will take two weeks off as their players travel to Sochi and play for their countries and although the fans and players love it the time off could be the last time ever for the NHL.

2014 World Junior Update (Day 6)

The last day of the round robin for the World Juniors was another wild one as teams took their last crack at earning their spot. Some things had been figured out as most teams had already ensured their spot in the playoffs. In Pool B Day 5 would be D-Day for many teams and for the Norwegians the end of the day would mean the beginning of relegation.

2014 World Junior Update (Day 5)

Just when the tournament seemed to be figuring itself out and teams began showing their trye colours Day 5 came in and blew everything up. The second last day of the round robin would be a thrilling one as teams would come close to being upset while others would find themselves on the wrong end of an upset. The day was the best so far this year and it did not even feature the biggest game of the tournaments. The day would start off with a very important game between the Germans and the Czech Republic.

The North American Rivalry (Pool A Preview)

The World Juniors have long been Canada’s tournament as they have been the most dominant team in the tournament. For a long time the tournament would come down to the second place battle as nobody could beat the Canadians. A lot of that has changed in the past few years though as the Canadians have lost their grip on the tournament. A large part of this has been the rise of their neighbours to the south in the USA.

Can the Rest Continue to Impress (Pool A Preview)

The World Juniors has always been seen as a tournament for the Canadians and only really watched by the Canadians. That has started to change though as teams have begun to challenge Canada with development in other countries catching up to Canada. Even then Canada would still dominate with only a handful of teams challenging them and giving them a scare.

World Junior Championship (Relegation)

With the round robin and playoffs almost done it is now time to find out the positions of the teams with the Medal Round tomorrow. This means that the Bronze Medal and Gold Medal game will be determined tomorrow while the rest of the spots are appointed today. This includes the 5th place, 7th place and 9th place games.

World Junior Championships (Quarter-Finals)

The World Juniors finished their round robin play on New Year’s Eve as the playoff spots were handed out in some thrilling games. With all of the seeding finished it was time for the relegation and quarter finals. The quarter finals featured the #2 and #3 teams in the pools with the crossover matchups.

World Junior Playoff Preview

The World Juniors are through the Round Robin section of the tournament as the teams were divided. The bottom four teams move into the relegation round that has some changes this year. Instead of two teams being relegated there will only be one this year and the round robin results will carry over.

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