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NHL Network-US, NHL.com offer live WJC coverage

Monday, 12.17.2012 / 2:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

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2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog
NHL Network-US, NHL.com offer live WJC coverage

The NHL Network-US and NHL.com have all of your World Junior Championship needs covered.

NHL Network-US announced Monday it will broadcast live all four of the preliminary-round games played by the United States, as well as six additional preliminary-round games and the entire medal round of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Ufa, Russia from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Participating nations include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

NHL Network-US also will air Team USA's two pre-tournament games live from Finland.

Steve Mears, who handles play-by-play for the Pittsburgh Penguins and covered the NHL Playoffs and Final last year for NHL Network, will call all the U.S. games in the tournament, with NHL Network’s EJ Hradek serving as the analyst and Rob Simpson performing rink-side reporting duties.

NHL.com will provide a live stream of all Team USA tournament games (available only in the United States).

The website also will have extensive coverage of the tournament, as well as in-depth analysis. Staff writers Mike Morreale and Adam Kimelman, as well as special contributor Dave Starman, will provide daily reports on all of the happenings.

The U.S. squad will be coached by former NHL standout Phil Housley, the highest-scoring U.S.-born defenseman in League history. Defenseman Seth Jones, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, is expected to be part of the U.S. roster.

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