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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Mantha hat trick gives Canada win in WJC opener

Anthony Mantha had a hat trick as Canada opened play at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 7-2 defeat of Germany at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, Sweden.

Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Drouin had three assists. Bo HorvatJosh Anderson and Nicolas Petan also had goals and Jake Paterson stopped 22 shots.

"You always want to win the first game of the tournament," Anderson said on TSN. "Now we're just looking forward to the next game."

Dorian Saeftel and Janik Moser scored for Germany. Goalie Marvin Cupper, who plays for the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, made 23 saves.

Germany scored the game's first goal 95 seconds into the game and tied the game 2-2 with 4:01 left in the first period, but Canada scored twice in a 53-second span to take a lead it would not relinquish.

"The first seven or eight minutes were [slow]," Canada coach Brent Sutter said on TSN. "Then we started playing the game, doing things the way we talked about the way we wanted to do it. We started making plays, making passes stick to stick, having speed through the neutral zone, being a better puck-possession team, creating opportunities offensively."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 8:38 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. to open 2014 WJC against Czech Republic

The United States National Junior Team will open the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship today against the Czech Republic at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, Sweden (11:30 a.m. ET).

The United States leads the all-time series against the Czechs with nine wins, one overtime win, seven losses, one overtime loss and one tie in 19 games. The Americans have won four of the past five meetings, including a 7-0 decision in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.25.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. makes final cut for 2014 World Juniors

The final roster for the United States National Junior Team that will compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, was finalized Wednesday with the release of University of Michigan forward Tyler Motte.

Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 121) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 NHL Draft, has five goals and eight points in 14 games this season.

The U.S. National Junior Team roster consists of 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies. The defending gold medalists will open preliminary-round play in the tournament Thursday against the Czech Republic (11:30 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHL.com.

Miami University forward Riley Barber (Washington Capitals) will serve as captain, with University of Michigan forward Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets) and Boston University defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk (Boston Bruins) are the alternates.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 11:57 PM

NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden blanks Canada in WJC exhibition

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 8:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Predators loan Forsberg to Sweden

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has loaned forward Filip Forsberg to the Swedish National Team for the 2014 World Junior Championships, taking place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

Forsberg, 19, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 games with Nashville, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League this season.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Barber named captain of U.S. WJC team

United States National Junior Team general manager Jim Johannson on Sunday reduced the select camp roster by two players with the release of forward Henrik Samuelsson and defenseman Brett Pesce.

Johannson will need to cut one more player to reach the maximum of 23 players eligible to participate for the defending gold medalist at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

It was also announced Sunday that forward Riley Barber (Miami University; Washington Capitals) would serve as the team's captain. Forward Andrew Copp (University of Michigan; Winnipeg Jets) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University; Boston Bruins) will be the country's alternate captains.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 5:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada cuts Girard from WJC roster

Canada trimmed its roster to the 23-player limit for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday by cutting Nashville Predators forward prospect Felix Girard.

A 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 95) of the Nashville Predators, Girard has four goals, 16 assists and a plus-12 rating in 28 games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Canada's roster now features 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. The final roster doesn't become official until Dec. 25, so there could be further changes if there are injuries or suspensions.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Gillies leads U.S. past Finland in WJC exhibition

Providence College goalie Jon Gillies made 38 saves, including a penalty shot in the second period, to lead the United States National Junior Team to a 3-2 victory Sunday during a World Junior Championship exhibition match at Lindab Arena in Angelholm, Sweden.

Gillies, a third-round (No. 75) pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, served as the backup to John Gibson for the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. He is the likely starter for the U.S. at this year's event in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

The United States begins defense of its gold medal against the Czech Republic on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHL.com).

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 1:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Forsberg likely to join Swedish WJC team: report

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is on schedule to join the Swedish National Junior Team on Monday to compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, beginning Dec. 26. The Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reported the news Saturday.

Forsberg, who served as captain for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2013 WJC, is currently on a conditioning stint with Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored two goals in a 4-0 victory against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, his first game played since sustaining a head injury Nov. 15 while playing for the Predators.

The native of Ostervala, Sweden, has played in the past two WJC tournaments. He has three goals and six points in 12 WJC games for the Swedes. He was selected in the first round (No. 11) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. In 17 NHL games, all with the Predators, Forsberg has one goal and six points.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 4:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Top prospect Kapanen out of WJC with injury

Kasperi Kapanen, one of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft and expected to be one of the top players for Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, has a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the tournament.

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, tweeted Saturday that Kapanen will miss three weeks because of the injury. Finland's WJC team is in Sweden for final preparations before the tournament begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, but Stubb said Kapanen is expected to return to Finland.

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— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday