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Bob Motzko returning to coach U.S. at 2018 World Junior Championship

Staff back in full from gold medal win at 2017 tournament

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Bob Motzko will return as coach for the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Motzko, the coach at St. Cloud State University, led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2017 tournament.

"Winning is fun but I am honored to have a chance to work for USA Hockey again and dive into the process of getting the staff together and having a new message," Motzko said. "My enjoyment is building a team."

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World Juniors

Canada retains World Junior Championship staff

Coach Dominique Ducharme returning in 2018 after winning silver medal at 2017 tournament

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Dominique Ducharme will return to coach Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Ducharme helped Canada reach the gold-medal game at the 2017 WJC. Canada lost to the United States 5-4 in a shootout. The silver medal came after Canada finished sixth at the 2016 WJC.

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Short Shifts

Jonathan Toews loses WJC bet to Patrick Kane

Blackhawks captain wears United States jersey to settle wager with teammate

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Jonathan Toews isn't used to losing, particularly in international competition, but when Canada was defeated by the United States in the gold medal game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Chicago Blackhawks captain found himself on the wrong side of a wager with teammate Patrick Kane.

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World Juniors

10 things learned at World Juniors

Troy Terry is shootout ace; Boston University stars sparkle; Wild prospects excel

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship provided plenty of spirited hockey, a gold medal game for the ages and a collection of top prospects hoping to make their mark in the NHL someday.

It concluded with the United States winning its fourth championship after a 5-4 shootout win against Canada in the gold medal game at Bell Centre on Thursday.

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World Juniors

Auston Matthews all smiles after U.S. victory at WJC

Maple Leafs rookie wins bet with coach Mike Babcock when United States tops Canada for gold medal

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews was trying to hide his smile around his teammates Friday morning. He eventually just gave up.

Matthews was still beaming from the night before, when he watched many of his peers on the U.S. National Junior Team win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in a 5-4 shootout win against Canada.

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World Juniors

World Junior title huge boost for USA Hockey

Dramatic win against Canada raises program's profile after World Cup disappointment

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- United States national junior team coach Bob Motzko stepped onstage to take questions from the media, sat next to his Canadian counterpart, Dominique Ducharme, and was given the opportunity to make an opening remark.

It was a courtesy given to the gold medal-winning coach at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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NHL Draft

2017 Draft Diary: Jake Oettinger

Boston University goalie discusses time spent as the third goalie for gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team

by Jake Oettinger / Special to NHL.com

Jake Oettinger, a B rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2017 NHL Draft, is a freshman goaltender at Boston University in Hockey East. The native of Lakeville, Minnesota, is 8-5 with two ties, a 1.87 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 15 games for the Terriers. Oettinger (6-foot-4, 206 pounds) has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2017 draft in Chicago. His January blog comes after serving as the third goalie for the gold medal-winning U.S. national junior team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

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Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: World Junior Championship for the ages

NHL Network's Kevin Weekes also reflects on 16-game winning streak by Blue Jackets

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

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World Juniors

Troy Terry goes five-hole one more time

Scores fourth shootout goal of tournament between goalie's legs to help United States win WJC gold medal

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- After Troy Terry scored each of his three shootout goals between the pads of Russia goalie Ilya Samsonov in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday, he didn't expect to use the same tactic one night later.

And yet he couldn't resist going there when the opportunity presented itself against Canada in the final.

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game recap

United States wins World Junior Championship

Troy Terry scores in shootout, Tyler Parsons stops all five Canada shots for gold medal

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MONTREAL -- Troy Terry scored in the fourth round of a shootout and Tyler Parsons stopped all five shots in the tiebreaker to give the United States a 5-4 victory against Canada in the gold medal game of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday.

It was the second straight game Terry gave the U.S. a victory with his shootout heroics. He went 3-for-3 in a 4-3 victory against Russia in the semifinals on Wednesday.

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