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2013 World Junior Championship

Jones ready to be key contributor for U.S. at WJC

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 5:31 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

When the United States went about picking its team for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, there was a surprise name in the middle of the discussion. It was a big, strong, skilled 17-year-old defenseman a year away from NHL draft consideration.

A year later, that same player now will be no surprise addition to the U.S. WJC team. Seth Jones, 18, will be expected to play a major role as the United States looks to improve on its seventh-place finish in Alberta.

Jones, expected to be one of the top two players picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, was one of 27 players invited by USA Hockey to its selection camp, to be held Dec 16-18 at the New York Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.

Barring injury, Jones has a spot on the team, likely as a top-pair defenseman who will see lots of ice time in all situations.

Canada hopes RNH will be at WJC selection camp

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 4:23 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has accomplished much during his hockey career, but one experience he has yet to enjoy is the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Junior Championship. He made a valiant attempt as a 17-year-old in 2010, but was among the last nine players cut on the final day of selection camp.

Last season he was busy in the NHL, totaling 18 goals and 52 points in 62 games for the Edmonton Oilers and becoming a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Latvia, Switzerland unveil WJC camp rosters

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 4:03 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Two teams that survived the relegation round at last year's World Junior Championship will journey to Russia later this month with hopes of better results. Switzerland and Latvia, which finished eighth and ninth, respectively, soon will hold their pre-tournament selection camps for the 2013 WJC, which starts Dec. 26, in Ufa, Russia.

Latvia could be led by Zemgus Girgensons, a 2012 first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres currently playing with that team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Girgensons tied for the team lead last year with two goals in six games.

U.S. hopes familiarity breeds quick chemistry for WJC

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 3:01 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

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NHL Network-US is the home of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with coverage of more than 15 games as well as highlights and analysis.

Some might say familiarity builds contempt, but for USA Hockey, familiarity appears to be the organization's greatest ally when it comes to building the team that will go to Russia for the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Of the 27 players invited to USA Hockey's national junior team selection camp, 25 were part of the final 34-player group that skated in exhibition games against teams from Sweden and Finland in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August.

With players coming from teams and leagues throughout North America and a short window in which to build a cohesive unit for one of the most important hockey tournaments of the year, players having some built-in familiarity with each other only can be seen as a positive.

Yakupov, Grigorenko lead Russia's WJC invites

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 2:05 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

First-round NHL Draft picks Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko are two of the 10 players who helped Russia win the silver medal at last year's World Junior Championship and have been invited to try out for the 2013 team.

Russia, hosting this year's event for the first time since 2001, will hold its camp in Novogorsk from Dec. 7-20 before shifting to Ufa for the start of the tournament.

Czechs hope camp is first step to WJC medal status

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 11:00 AM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Czech Ice Hockey Association would like nothing more than to see the country snap its disappointing string of appearances at the World Junior Championship.

After boasting back-to-back gold medals in 2000 and 2001, the Czechs have won a single medal since then -- a bronze in 2005 -- and haven't finished higher than fifth the past seven tournaments.

The Czechs are hoping that changes at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia, when they compete in Group A with defending gold-medalist Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Latvia.

The CIHA officially announced the 27-player roster attending selection camp next week that ultimately will determine the 23-man roster that will be submitted Dec. 23.

First-round picks dot U.S. selection camp roster

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 10:15 AM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"If Seth Jones was eligible for the 2012 Draft, he would have given Ryan Murray (taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the second pick) a run for his money as the top defender chosen."
-- NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr

Armed with eight first-round NHL draft picks, three returning players and two promising draft-eligible prospects, USA Hockey on Tuesday announced its selection camp roster for the team that will comprise the U.S. National Junior Team competing in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month.

Team USA's training camp will take place Dec. 16-18 at the New York Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. The camp then will move to Helsinki, Finland, Dec. 19-23 before the final 23-man roster, which will include three goalies, is determined Dec. 23.

Finland sets selection camp roster for 2013 WJC

Monday, 12.03.2012 / 5:11 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation on Monday announced the selection camp roster of players hoping to represent their country at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Finland, which placed fourth at last year's WJC after losing 4-0 to Canada in the bronze medal game, is seeking its first medal since 2006 when it earned bronze. The camp features 29 players, including eight who participated last year. The returnees include defensemen Olli Maatta of the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, Ville Pokka of Karpat and Rasmus Ristolainen of TPS, and forwards Aleksander Barkov of Tappara, Joel Armia of Assat, Markus Granlund of HIFK, Markus Hannikainen of Kiekko-Vantaa and Miikka Salomaki of Karpat.

Finland must pare its roster to 23 players, including three goalies, by Dec. 25.

The 2013 WJC will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2012. Finland, which opens preliminary-round play against Latvia on Dec. 26, will compete in Group A with Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia.

Canada WJC camp roster features six returnees

Monday, 12.03.2012 / 3:29 PM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Hockey Canada on Monday announced the 37-player roster of skaters and goalies invited to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Dec. 11-13.

The camp has six returning players from last year's bronze-medal winning Canadian team: defensemen Dougie Hamilton, drafted No. 9 by the Boston Bruins in 2011, and Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh Penguins) as well as forwards Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), Ryan Strome (New York Islanders), Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers).

"Anytime you get an opportunity to get those type of returning players in this tournament, it's huge for everyone in the dressing room," Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast said during a conference call to reveal the selection camp participants. "When you come back a second time, you're a better person for it, stronger and a little more mature."

Additionally, 2011-12 Calder Trophy runner-up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has never suited up for Team Canada at the WJC, will be part of the camp.

Sweden announces selection camp roster for '13 WJC

Monday, 12.03.2012 / 10:42 AM / 2013 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation on Monday revealed the selection camp roster of players competing for spots for the defending gold medalist in the upcoming 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Sweden scored a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Russia in last year's gold medal match, ending 30 years of championship futility, and will look to become the first country since Canada (2005-2009) to win consecutive gold medals.

Sweden head coach Roger Rönnberg will take 25 players to training camp on Dec. 15 in Norrtälje, Sweden, before continuing with preparation games in Finland through Dec. 22. The Swedes will open the 2013 WJC against the Czech Republic on Dec. 26. The roster must be trimmed to 23, which includes three goaltenders, by Dec. 25.

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