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2011 World Junior Championship

Forsberg, Subban, Pogge top all-time WJC roster

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 12:00 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2011 World Junior Championship, which starts Dec. 26 in Buffalo, marks the 34th edition of the elite international under-20 hockey tournament.

A number of legendary players have used the tournament as a springboard to remarkable NHL careers, including Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Dominik Hasek.

None of them, however, made the cut for NHL.com's all-time World Junior Championship team.

Our roster consists of the same roster used for the event -- 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.


WJC creates unforgettable memories

Thursday, 12.23.2010 / 11:32 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"The World Junior Championship was always a staple of Christmas. I can remember growing up watching World Junior tournaments as a kid. It's growing in the (United) States and you're getting a lot more people watching because of the TV coverage and how well the U.S. junior program has developed their kids and the success they're having. It's a great tournament. I think next to the Stanley Cup Final, it's one of the best hockey events that there is." -- Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer

Now in its 35th year, the World Junior Championship has provided a springboard to players looking to solidify their status as players capable of coming up big in pressure moments.
Many of today's NHL stars have proven themselves on this international platform, including Sidney Crosby, Mike Richards and Jarome Iginla for Canada; Patrick Kane, Zach Parise and Bobby Ryan for the United States; Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia; Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and the Sedin twins for Sweden; Martin Havlat, Milan Hejduk and Tomas Kaberle for the Czech Republic; Teemu Selanne and the Koivu brothers for Finland; and Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik and Jaroslav Halak for Slovakia.
Someone else will join this list when the 2011 WJC is held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y.

Kreider is hoping last year's luck carries over

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 9:46 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I was just playing and trying to enjoy it. It kind of just passes you by, but I guess that's the nature of the beast."
-- Chris Kreider on playing in the 2010 World Junior Championship

You kind of get the feeling Chris Kreider would prefer if 2010 was extended by a few months.
After all, of the eight returnees to this year's U.S. National Junior Team that will be gunning for a second-straight gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., Kreider might have the most decorated resume over a 12-month span.
Sure, there was plenty to get excited about in June 2009, when the New York Rangers selected him with the 19th pick, but just look at what followed.

Campbell, Kreider, Palmieri lead returning group for Team USA at WJC

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 9:15 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Keith Allain, head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team preparing for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, has no intention of changing his philosophy now.

Why would he? For the second straight week, his hockey program at Yale University is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Mens's College Hockey Poll.

But now that his 22-player roster has been finalized for the 11-day WJC that begins Sunday and concludes Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y., Allain can begin to get down to business to incorporate the style of hockey he feels will work just as well on the international stage.


Morin hopping from one dream scenario to another

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 3:25 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- When you're as young and talented as forward Jeremy Morin is, most of life's choices are good ones.

Be a budding AHL prospect for Rockford? Get a breakthrough start with the Chicago Blackhawks? Help the United States defend its World Junior Championship title starting this weekend in Buffalo?

Why choose when the answer to all of the above can be yes?

Such is the quality of Morin's career buffet at the moment after the Blackhawks agreed to let him join Team USA's training camp Monday. Morin skated with his new teammates Tuesday morning, in advance of Tuesday night's exhibition game against the Czech Republic here at The Sports Centre at MCC.


NHL Network U.S. to broadcast USA quest for historic gold medal repeat at 2011 IIHF WJC

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 1:56 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship


NEW YORK / COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For the first time in six years, the IIHF World Junior Championship returns to U.S. soil, and NHL Network™ U.S. will be there every step of the way in host city Buffalo, N.Y., as Team USA attempts to defend its title. Last year, the U.S. team defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime of a thrilling gold medal final in Saskatoon. If Team USA is able to repeat this year, it would be a first for them to achieve back-to-back titles, and a first to capture a championship on home soil.

NHL Network U.S. will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. NHL Network also will televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high-definition from the tournament, and provide nightly re-caps in its signature show "NHL On the Fly." All USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts.


NCAA rivals turn teammates for World Juniors

Monday, 12.20.2010 / 10:10 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The rivalry between NCAA hockey powers Boston College and Boston University will have to be put on hold the next few weeks as players from each side join forces for one common goal.

That, of course, is helping lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

When USA Hockey released its list of 29 players for the National Junior Team preliminary camp from Dec. 17-23, there was a pretty significant New England flavor. In fact, 24 percent of the roster included players from either BC or BU and all have rather lofty intentions of surviving the cut.

Morin's status for Team USA remains unclear

Friday, 12.17.2010 / 7:30 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- When the Chicago Blackhawks announced the signing of veteran forward Ryan Johnson on Friday, it seemed like a precursor to Hawks rookie forward Jeremy Morin joining Team USA for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month in Buffalo.
Training camp for the U.S. team started Friday in Troy, Rochester and Amherst, N.Y., but Morin wasn't there. He was in Rockford, Ill., with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said no final decision has been made about whether Morin will be allowed to help the U.S. try to defend the WJC gold medal he helped Team USA win last January in Saskatoon.

Four returnees to make Canada roster for WJC

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 11:30 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Four players who won silver medals for Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship will return for a shot at redemption at the 2011 WJC.

Forward Brayden Schenn and defensemen Jared Cowen, Ryan Ellis and Calvin de Haan were named Wednesday as part of the 22-man roster that will travel to Buffalo for this year's World Juniors, which runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo.

Players, coach Dave Cameron and Hockey Canada officials will officially unveil the team -- 13 forwards, seven defenseman and two goalies -- Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at the MasterCard Center in Etobicoke, Ont.

Cameron was an assistant coach on last year's team, which saw its streak of five-straight gold medals ended in January in Saskatoon when the U.S. earned a 6-5 overtime victory.

Hawks face tough call on Morin

Friday, 12.10.2010 / 2:30 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- If star forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane weren't injured, Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Jeremy Morin probably would be playing for the United States later this month at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
However, Hossa and Kane now are out for an indefinite period with lower-body injuries -- along with forward Fernando Pisani, who has an upper-body ailment.
That means Morin might continue doing what some in the Chicago media have dubbed "The Rockford Shuffle" -- making the 88-mile ride between Chicago and Rockford of the American Hockey League to fill in for the injured Hawks.
Morin has 2 points in six NHL games and scored his first goal in Wednesday's 5-3 home win against the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks clearly like Morin's ability and feel the 19-year old left wing is on the cusp of becoming an NHL regular.

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