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2011 World Junior Championship

Klingberg's return sparks Sweden past Finland

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 9:31 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"You can see it's more the North American style. He's got that physical component and he likes to battle -- battle for position, battle for the puck. He goes to the net." -- Dan Marr on Carl Klingberg

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Carl Klingberg had to sit and watch Sweden's first two games, but he certainly made an impact when he got into the lineup.
 
The Atlanta Thrashers' 2009 second-round pick scored a pair of goals to help Sweden to a 6-2 defeat of Finland on Thursday in an exhibition game being played as part of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.
 
Klingberg had sat out the first two games with a sore left foot suffered when he blocked a shot during practice.
 
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson had a pair of assists, Sebastian Wannstrom scored on a penalty shot and Sweden captain Anton Lander and William Wallen also had goals.

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U.S. juniors beat Finland 6-3

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 8:00 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Watching Jeremy Morin play for the U.S. against Finland on Wednesday at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, it's easy to see why the Chicago Blackhawks wanted him and why the Atlanta Thrashers were so reluctant to let him go.
 
Morin, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound right wing, scored the game's first goal and arguably was the U.S. team's most active offensive player in a 6-3 defeat of Finland at the USA Rink at the Olympic Center here.
 
Morin's summer was upended a bit when he was part of the June 24 deal that saw the Blackhawks send three players off their Stanley Cup championship roster to the Thrashers for a package that was headlined by Morin.
 
"I think it’s a shock any time you get traded, you don't really expect it," Morin told NHL.com. "Looking forward, I think it's great for me and I'm excited to be a Chicago Blackhawk."
 
The Blackhawks certainly are happy to have him.
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Cameron eager to lead young Canadians

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 12:23 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Canada's National Junior Team head coach Dave Cameron is in a pretty precarious situation.

One season removed from witnessing Team USA stun the favored Canadians in the final of the World Junior Championship in Saskatoon as an associate coach, Cameron has been given full reigns in attempt to restore the country's dominance.

Cameron realizes this, but knows it certainly won't come easy.

It all begins this weekend in St. John's, Newfoundland, when Canada's National Junior Team developmental camp runs through Saturday at Mile One Centre. There, 44 of Canada's hopefuls will conduct intra-squad games and off-ice activities that will help Cameron and his staff assemble the country's roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y.
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U.S. rides fast start to 6-3 win over Sweden

Tuesday, 08.03.2010 / 8:02 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Charlie Coyle and Beau Bennett haven't played against the same high-caliber opposition as some of their U.S. teammates. In their first big-time international match, however, both came through with flying colors.

Coyle had a goal, dominated in the faceoff circle and showed his great skating ability, and Bennett had a pair of assists as the U.S. jumped to a 4-0 lead in the game's first four minutes and held on for a 6-3 victory against Sweden in an exhibition game during USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Justin Faulk scored twice, and Jason Zucker, Derek Forbort and Brock Nelson also had goals. Jack Campbell stopped 24 of 27 shots in goal.

Anton Lander, Patrick Cehlin and Jacob Josefson scored for Sweden. Fredrik Petterson-Wentzel, who relieved starter Robin Lehner just 4:05 into the game, allowed just one goal.
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Sweden beat Finland in junior exhibition

Monday, 08.02.2010 / 8:14 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Another chapter in the ferocious hockey rivalry between Sweden and Finland was written Tuesday afternoon here at the U.S. Olympic Center.

In a game that featured big hits and lots of scoring, Sweden skated away with a 5-3 victory in the first international exhibition game being played as part of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

William Wallen, who plays in the Ontario Hockey League for the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, scored the game-winning goal in the third period to lead Sweden.
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Junior camp begins U.S. roster-build for 2011 WJC

Thursday, 07.29.2010 / 9:00 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Keith Allain said the 44 players who suit up for the first day of USA Hockey's national junior evaluation camp July 30 will have a "clean slate" in their quest to make the U.S. roster for the 2011 World Junior Championship.

The coach for the defending champions will get his first look at the players competing for roster spots for this year's WJC at the camp, held at the U.S. Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and running through Aug. 7.

The 2011 World Junior Championship will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo.

Allain, the coach at Yale University, said his goal for the camp is to start developing relationships with the players, as well as begin teaching the way he wants his team to play. Allain said it won't look much different than the way coach Dean Blais had the U.S. playing en route to a gold medal in Saskatoon in January.
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World Junior Championship camp begins next week

Thursday, 07.22.2010 / 2:11 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Finland and Sweden, two of the teams the U.S. beat on the way to winning the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship, will have their first shot at revenge in August at USA Hockey's national junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The U.S. will play each team twice during the camp, which runs July 30-Aug. 7.

Sweden's team will be led by Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Edmonton Oilers' 2009 first-round pick who is expected to play a big role in the NHL team's fortunes this season. He had 10 points in six games at last year's event in Saskatoon. If Paajarvi-Svensson plays in the 2011 World Juniors, it would be his fourth time at the event.
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U.S. to open WJC title defense vs. Finland

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 3:17 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The United States will open the defense of its World Junior Championship title in the final game of an opening-day quadruple-header when the 2011 WJC opens in Buffalo.

At 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, the U.S. will face Finland, the team it beat in the quarterfinals last year in Saskatoon, at the HSBC Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

Canada also will play opening day, facing Russia at 4 p.m. Last year's silver medalists had their
five-tournament win streak ended by the U.S. in a 6-5 overtime victory in the gold-medal game.

This is the first time since 2005 the U.S. has hosted the event, when it was played in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. -- which also marked the last time the U.S. was defending champion, having won the event in 2004 in Finland. Canada beat Russia for the gold medal in 2005, starting the run that the U.S. just ended.
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