Can Anyone Beat Team Canada’s Junior Team?

December 24th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

Let’s face it folks. When you outscore your competition by a score of 155 to 40 in the last 31 tournament games and you earn a record of 30 wins and one loss in the process, your nation goes into a hockey tournament as the prohibitive favorites to win the thing. Such is the case for Canada’s junior team.

To be fair, Canada’s junior team has been all but unbeatable at the IIHF World Junior Championships. They have earned five gold medals in a row and, given their depth, are all but a lock to capture their sixth straight Gold.

The tournament will be played in Saskatchewan with the first game being played on Boxing Day. For many, the World Junior Championship allows their families to enjoy some hockey over their Christmas holidays, a tradition for many Canadian families. For others, the WJC supplies a glimpse into the upcoming 2010 NHL amateur draft, especially the European talent, of which many NHL fans never get a chance to watch.

Canada, Sweden, Russia, and the United States are expected to ice the most talented rosters, with Finland, Slovakia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Latv ...

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