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The Hockey News World Juniors Special

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4 Min
revenge of the castaways

THEY WERE THE DIRTY Dozen of hockey, a group of castoffs, mostly discarded by Detroit and Toronto because of age or infirmity. But in one last collective gasp of “We’ll show them!” these Black Hawks united in Chicago and did what had been thought impossible. The ‘Retreads Inc.’ somehow managed to push themselves into the 1952-53 playoffs for the Windy City’s first post-season experience in seven years. The overnight transformation from indignity to Black Hawk dignity was difficult. Starting in 1946-47, Chicago had finished dead last in the six-team league in five out of six years. A similar fate was forecast in 1952-53 pre-season polls despite some revolutionary moves by GM Bill Tobin. For starters, Tobin shocked the hockey world by pulling over-the-hill center Sid Abel off the Detroit scrap heap. Abel…

3 Min
words of wisdom from the bench

WHEN THE TEAMS HIT the ice in Ostrava and Trinec, naturally the lion’s share of the attention will be on the players. It’s a strong year for draft-eligible prospects, led by top candidate Alexis Lafreniere, not to mention the usual assortment of soon-to-be NHLers who make the world juniors such a competitive tournament at the top end. But there’s one group that often gets overlooked at the world juniors, and they always have a dramatic impact on the tournament, good and bad: the coaches. An obvious example of the negative came in 2017, when Finland fired its coaching staff during the tournament in Montreal. Jukka Rautakorpi was the man behind the bench at the time, and Finland was coming off a gold at the 2016 WJC. But despite having Miro Heiskanen, Eeli…

1 Min
separated at birth; name game; puck puzzle

NAME GAME Use the picture clues to uncover the name of a prominent hockey personality. SEPARATED AT BIRTH Hockey doppelgangers: can you tell these two familiar faces apart? SETH JONES Puts on a daily show as a Blue Jacket, creating headlines with his play. Blessed with a long reach. Defends against left and right wingers alike. TREVOR NOAH Hosts The Daily Show, often in a blue suit jacket. Tackles the day’s headlines, reaching a huge audience. Speaks out against right-wing thinkers. PUCK PUZZLE Can your hockey brain bring its A-game? The challenge is on! Hockey cards of the eight players listed below are among the most sought-after (clue: only one is active). Fill in the blanks to identify them and the name of a long-time Canadian cardmaker will appear in the red boxes.…

2 Min
one to watch: vasily podkolzin

THN’s ODDS FOR GOLD: 5-1 ON A TEAM FULL of 19-year-olds, right winger Vasily Podkolzin managed to stand out as a 17-year-old on Russia’s 2019 world junior squad. The powerful two-way player helped the Russians earn bronze in Vancouver, and the West Coast city has already become near and dear to Podkolzin’s heart thanks to his second trip, when he was taken 10th overall at the 2019 NHL draft by the host Canucks. Now he returns to the world juniors with the benefit of experience on his side. “Mainly I got used to the atmosphere, the electricity,” he said through a translator. “I got used to the physical play, and now it should be much easier for me.” It didn’t look like Podkolzin had many problems in his first go-around at the tournament,…

2 Min
scouting report

THE STAKES WILL BE high for the Czech Republic, who host the tournament for the first time since 2008. They also haven’t won a medal since 2005, so perhaps history lessons aren’t the best way to drum up positive vibes here. Luckily, the Czechs have an ace in net with Anaheim Ducks prospect Lukas Dostal. He was one of the best netminders in the tournament last year and returns with even more pro experience under his belt as he’s now in his second year with Ilves in Finland. The Czechs are in a Group of Death, so beating upstart Germany is of the utmost importance. If they can do that, perhaps a quarterfinal upset can be fashioned with the backing of a raucous home crowd. Up front, the Czechs will return a…

2 Min
scouting report

SWEDEN NEEDS TO RESET after a serious power outage last year that was only partially caused by a flu bug racing through the team. The talent is there, especially on the back end where virtually all of last year’s skilled group returns, but this team will still have to prove itself after the flame-out against Switzerland in the 2019 quarterfinal. One factor will be the international ice, which coach Tomas Monten intends to use to his team’s advantage, especially if they end up playing one of the North American teams in the playoff round. The rink-size difference will give his squad more time to make plays, plus they’re more familiar with the bigger ice game. Up front, Los Angeles Kings pick Samuel Fagemo returns, and he’ll be looking to improve on last…