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Canada Postgame: GOLDEN BOYS

They did it. Team Canada captured the IIHF U20 gold medal. After losing in the finals to the United States just one year ago, Canada pushed past Sweden to claim the gold medal at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship.  The hero this year was Tyler Steenbergen who tallied his only goal of the tournament in the final…

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Canada Postgame: The Better Drake

Team Canada claimed a relatively easy semifinal victory today over the Czech Republic, advancing to the gold medal game to face the Swedes tomorrow. Drake Batherson now leads the Canadian team in goals, tallying a total of seven goals in six games. Batherson has been a pleasant surprise on the Canadian team this year, sitting…

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WJC Postgame: Makar, Batherson strike for Canada in QF victory

In a game that featured many shenanigans, Team Canada claimed an 8-2 victory over Switzerland to advance to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Juniors. The victory seemed to come easy for Canada as the team dominated throughout the game. Though the Canadians were certainly satisfied with the victory, the game featured a pettiness competition…

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Canada Postgame: Canada, Eh-ight?

In their final round robin game of the 2018 World Juniors, Team Canada had yet another dominant showing, claiming an 8-0 shutout victory against Denmark. An 8-0 win against the Danes is not surprising, especially considering Denmark’s status as a probable relegation team.  Nevertheless, their strong showing in today’s game suggests more positive results moving forward….

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WJC Prospect Report Day 3: Räsänen M.I.A, Woll struggles against Slovakia

Day three of the World Juniors brought several not-so-great performances from our two active Leafs prospects in Buffalo. Though Timothy Liljegren is not outwardly struggling, he does not necessarily seem to be settling into the Swedish blueline.  Joseph Woll allowed three soft goals against the Slovaks in the USA’s first loss of the tournament.  Oh, and Eemeli Räsänen went ghost. In general, this year’s tournament…

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Canada Postgame: Cal Foote’s Hand(e)

In their opening game of the 2018 World Juniors, Team Canada claimed a 4-2 win over Team Finland, walking away with their first victory of the preliminary round of the tournament. In typical WJC fashion, the win today was exciting and the game was full of action.  The Canadians have a very strong and deep…

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WJC Preview: The blue and white taking to international ice

With the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships kicking off tomorrow, it’s time we examine the most important part of this year’s tournament: their relation to the best team in the NHL – the Toronto Maple Leafs, of course. Three Toronto prospects will lace up for their respective nations this year in Buffalo, the total sitting…