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2012 World Junior Championship

Jurco part of Slovakia's preliminary WJC roster

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 3:08 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Slovakian Ice Hockey Association announced on Thursday its preliminary 35-man roster of players who will be competing for spots on the National Team that will participate in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary later this month.
Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros will have six returning players in the mix, including goalie Dominik Riecicky of Orange SVK, defensemen Peter Ceresnak of the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League, Martin Marincin of the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League and Peter Trska of Orange SVK, and forwards Tomas Jurco of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Tomas Matousek of Orange SVK.

Several '12 draft-eligible players could star at WJC

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Not only has the World Junior Championship become a thrill a minute for those fans having a vested interest in watching their country go for gold, but NHL scouts have traditionally flooded the event to catch a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.
While viewing many of the top prospects eligible for the 2012 Draft might be at the top of every scout's agenda, NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr is quick to note that expectations of those young players are usually tempered.
"There's a lot of value if a [draft-eligible] player is able to play a regular role and contribute to the team," Marr told "But just the fact he's selected and chosen for the team is a positive for that player. I think what everyone needs to keep in mind and what NHL scouts understand is that this is a tournament for 19-year-olds, so just the fact a 17- or 18-year-old is selected is very impressive in itself.

Top 2012 Draft prospect Girgensons tops Latvia WJC camp roster

Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 11:08 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer


Latvia will be in Group A at the 2012 World Junior Championship and play all its games at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Dec. 26 - Latvia vs. Sweden
Dec. 27 - Latvia vs. Slovakia
Dec. 29 - Latvia vs. Russia
Dec. 30 - Latvia vs. Switzerland
Jan. 2 - Quarterfinals
Jan. 3 - Semifinals
Jan. 5 - Gold medal/Bronze medal games
Following a one-year hiatus, Latvia returns to the top level of the World Junior Championship later this month, when it will take part in the 2012 WJC.

The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation released its 31-player pre-tournament roster Tuesday. Those players will report to Brooks, Alta., for a camp that begins Dec. 18. Coach Eriks Miluns will finalize his 22-man roster Dec. 23 in preparation for his team's preliminary-round opener against Sweden three days later at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Latvia has never finished higher than eighth in two other appearances at the top-level World Junior Championship -- ninth in 2010 and eighth in 2009. This year Latvia will be in Group A along with Russia, Sweden Slovakia and Switzerland. The teams in Group B are Canada, the U.S., Czech Republic, Finland and Denmark.

Schwartz thankful for second chance on WJC team

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 4:02 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Jaden Scwartz has earned a second chance on Team Canada's WJC team. (Courtesy: Tri-City Storm)
It's a moment Jaden Schwartz has thought about ever since being forced to watch his Team Canada teammates from the sidelines after just two games of the 2011 World Junior Championship.

The fact he's earned a second chance at a roster spot for Canada at the 2012 WJC later this month in Edmonton and Calgary is something Schwartz doesn't take for granted.

"I feel lucky to be able to get a second chance," he told

Schwartz had a goal and 2 assists while playing key minutes alongside center Brayden Schenn and Louis Leblanc in the first two games last year, but it ended suddenly, however, when he suffered a broken left ankle in a 7-2 victory against the Czech Republic just two games into Team Canada's preliminary-round schedule.

Adaptability a necessity for U.S. WJC hopefuls

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 2:08 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Now that USA Hockey has identified the group of players that will battle for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will participate at the 2012 World Junior Championship later this month, how will the managerial team determine a final roster?

Team USA General Manager Jim Johannson and coach Dean Blais shed some light on the subject during a media teleconference Tuesday.

"The biggest thing we stress is that you have to be a versatile player," Johannson said. "There are guys here that play certain roles within their current NCAA team or junior team that will need to come here to play a role that will fit this type of talent and this type of team … sometimes that's a change from what is asked of them in college or juniors."

Eight returning players invited to U.S. WJC camp

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 5:38 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Armed with eight returning players, seven first-round NHL draft picks and a few promising prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, USA Hockey on Monday announced its 30-player roster for a preliminary camp that will serve as the final tryout for the team that will represent the U.S. at the IIHF 2012 World Junior Championship.

Team USA's training camp will take place Dec. 17-23 at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose, Alta. The club also will play three exhibition games, in Red Deer, Alta., against Russia on Dec. 20, in Camrose against Switzerland on Dec. 21 and in Three Hills, Alta., against Slovakia on Dec. 23.

The final 22-player roster for the tournament is expected to be announced Dec. 22.

Granlund brothers highlight Finland WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 12:38 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The offensively gifted Granlund brothers, Markus and Mikael, highlight the list of players on Team Finland's preliminary 27-player roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship.

The 2012 WJC will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton. Finland, which will play in Group B with Team USA, Canada, Denmark and Czech Republic, will arrive for camp in Calgary on Dec. 18. The club has scheduled exhibition matches against Canada on Dec. 19 and Slovakia on Dec. 22.

Coach Ramio Helminen, a former national team player, will have six players at camp from last year's sixth-place team. Finland hasn't medaled at the WJC since winning bronze at the 2006 WJC.

Brodin, Zibanejad lead Sweden WJC camp

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 10:53 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

After missing out on a medal for the first time in four years at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association has high hopes of rebounding in grand fashion later this month.

Team Sweden coach Roger Rönnberg on Monday revealed the 23-man roster he'll take with him to camp in Olds, Alta., from Dec. 17-23, in preparation for the 2012 WJC in Edmonton and Calgary.

The 2012 WJC will run Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2012. Sweden will be in Group A, along with Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia. Preliminary-round games will take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Here's how Team USA WJC roster could look

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 9:12 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

For the first time in the 35-year history of the IIHF World Junior Championship, the U.S. has won medals in two straight tournaments.
Following its second-ever gold medal at the 2010 WJC in Saskatoon, the U.S. took home the bronze last year in Buffalo. They'll try for a medal three-peat at the 2012 WJC, which will be held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2012 in Edmonton and Calgary.
The United States will assemble for a pre-tournament training camp that will run Dec. 17-23 in Camrose, Alta. The roster for that camp will be announced live Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NHL Live on the NHL Network. The final 22-player roster for the 2012 WJC is expected to be announced Dec. 22.

Shoe on other foot for Hockey Canada's Prendergast

Monday, 11.28.2011 / 5:56 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Kevin Prendergast is no stranger to deciding if a player will receive the opportunity to play in the World Junior Championship.

Lately, he's just been on the other side of the equation.

A former executive with the Edmonton Oilers, Prendergast now serves as Hockey Canada's head scout, a post he's held since September 2010.

But before he joined Hockey Canada, Prendergast was an assistant general manager and vice-president of hockey operations for the Oilers. With his role in Edmonton, Prendergast had a say on whether or not Edmonton would release its eligible players for the World Junior Championship. 
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