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Impact
Impact!
NHL.com's Online Magazine
Dec/2002, Vol. 1, Issue 3
  • World Junior Championships test mettle, moxie of young stars

  • Top young talent commands center stage at WJC

  • WJC gives young players a glimpse of a professional future

  • Check out our list of the top 10 World Junior Championship players

  • Flyers' Clarke suffers sling and arrows for a good cause

  • Behind the scenes: The NHL hosts an outdoor All-Star Block Party

  • Sportsmanship a core value for Dan Bylsma

  • Photo of the month

  • Back issues of Impact

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    Viacheslav Fetisov
    The best Russian defenseman of all-time, Fetisov began his run of championships with a gold medal in the 1976 World Junior Championships, his first of three appearances in the tournament.

    Top 10 WJC performers



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    5. Vladimir Ruzicka, Czechoslovakia -- One of only eight players, and just three forwards, to be named to two World Junior Tournament All-Star Teams, Ruzicka led Czechoslovakia to a pair of silver medals in 1982 and 1983. Ruzicka, who played, but never really starred, in the NHL, was Czechoslovakia's leading scoring in 1983 with 12 goals and eight assists in seven games. Ruzicka, who also played in the 1981 tournament, finished his WJC career with 25 goals and 10 assists. Fifteen years later, Ruzicka played a huge role in the Czech Republic's Olympic gold medal win in Nagano.

    4. Pavel Bure, Soviet Union -- Bure played in three World Junior Championships before joining the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 and winning the Calder Trophy as the League's best rookie. Those performances foretold the success Bure would have at the NHL level. In 21 games, Bure scored 27 goals and added 12 assists as the Soviet Union won one gold and two silver medals. In 1989, the year the Soviet Union claimed gold in Anchorage Alaska, Bure was named to the All-Star Team and beat out Jeremy Roenick, among others, to earn the nod as best forward.

    3. Viacheslav Fetisov, Soviet Union -- The best Russian defenseman of all-time, Fetisov began his run of championships with a gold medal in the 1976 World Junior Championships, his first of three appearances in the tournament. He played a small part in the 1976 victory, but was a key contributor for the Soviet Union the next two years, winning the best defenseman award each year and a berth on the All-Star Team in 1978. In 18 games of World Junior action, Fetisov scored six goals and seven assists while playing nearly flawless defense.

    Viacheslav Fetisov
    In 1993, Forsberg scored 31 points, including a record 24 assists, before the home crowd to earn a berth on the WJC All-Star Team and a selection as the tournament's best forward, beating out Markus Naslund and Paul Kariya.
    2. Robert Reichel, Czechoslovakia -- Although Czechoslovakian teammate Jaromir Jagr has gone on to have the more notable NHL career, Reichel was the better player in World Junior action. In 1990, Reichel scored 21 points, including 10 goals, to lead Czechoslovakia to a third-place finish. He was named to the all-tournament All-Star Team, along with Jagr, and earned the best forward award. Reichel, in fact, is one of those rare players to appear in three WJC tournaments, earning two bronze medals and finishing with 40 career points.

    1. Peter Forsberg, Sweden -- In two years of play with Sweden, Forsberg amassed 42 points as the Swedes earned a pair of silver medals. In 1993, Forsberg scored 31 points, including a record 24 assists, before the home crowd to earn a berth on the WJC All-Star Team and a selection as the tournament's best forward, beating out Markus Naslund and Paul Kariya. Forsberg, now a star for the Colorado Avalanche, joined the Swedish Olympic team in 1994 and scored the gold medal-winning goal against Canada in a dramatic shoot-out victory.