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World Juniors 2019

World Juniors 2019

The Hockey News’ World Junior Championship Preview tees up the annual holiday classic with in-depth breakdowns of Team Canada and the United States, plus features on Michael DiPietro and the Hughes Bros. We also key on one prospect to watch for the Swedes, Finns, Russians and Czechs and provide scouting reports on all the squads. Also, we travel back 15 years for an oral history of the incredible 2004 WJC, where the U.S. won its first gold on Marc-Andre Fleury’s own-goal gaffe. On top of our WJC coverage, we have features on San Jose’s Joes (Thornton and Pavelski); Sebastian Aho, Ryan Ellis and Keith Yandle, as well as the amazing story of first-round-bust-turned-rock-star Terry Ryan.

Women

WHICH WAY TO THE TOP?

THE PHOTO IS ALL the evidence one needs. Standing in a row are Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel. Proudly wearing their Team USA jerseys side-by-side with arms draped over one another, the four women have 2018 Olympic gold medals slung around their necks, holding their prizes forward for the camera and beaming with seemingly permanent smiles. The caption, put there by Gordie Stafford only shortly after USA stood atop the podium in Pyeongchang, reads simply, “The Shattuck Golden girls.” The moniker, of course, is in reference to their alma mater. Not from the college ranks, mind you. The Lamoureuxs are products of North Dakota, Decker a Wisconsin alum, and Kessel played her post-secondary puck in Minnesota. Rather, at one point in time, and for one season as a…

NHL

WESTERN CONFERENCE

>ANAHEIM DUCKS ISAC LUNDESTROM is on a quest for a gold medal to go along with two silvers (last year’s WJC and the 2016 world under-18s) and a bronze (world under-17s in 2015). The two-way faceoff ace will take on more of the offensive load after the graduation of so many Swedes. >ARIZONA COYOTES The good thing about BARRETT HAYTON’S well-rounded style is he can be a valuable piece for Canada even if he’s not slotted in the top-six or power-play units. The surprise fifth overall pick out of the Soo in 2018, Hayton plays a responsible 200-foot game – and he’s been producing. >CALGARY FLAMES Adam Ruzicka and Milos Roman have both played in two WJCs for Slovakia, but they may end up watching countryman MARTIN POSPISIL steal the spotlight. The Flames’ first pick…

Column

MIDDLES FOR THE AGES

WHIPPERSNAPPERS, TAKE NOTE OF these signs you’re getting old: 1. You groan involuntarily during routine exertion. 2. You start caring about inconsequential minutiae, like the girth of your cutlery. 3. Your eyebrows flow in the wind. 4. You refer to people as whippersnappers. Another symptom you might experience is nostalgia-itis, a frequent default to “back-in-the-day” thoughts. I’m a sufferer. Take our Countdown, ranking the 31 NHL teams’ groups of centers (pgs. 16-17). When the idea was floated, I began mental Googling some of the best I’ve seen in my time. Then I did some research to corroborate or refute my memory (mushy-recall syndrome is another telltale sign of aging) and came up with a top five since 1967 expansion. The list is based on success as a group during an entire and…

Feature

ROCK STAR

IN THE VERY FIRST scene of the very first episode of the Netflix series Frontier, a beaten and bloodied British Redcoat is kneeling on the ground with his hands tied behind his back while Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw, sharpens his knife. “Pl…plea…please, have mercy. Please,” the Redcoat begs, just before Declan Harp slits his throat. That gurgling ‘British Soldier No. 1’ is none other than Terry Ryan, who, in the almost 16 years since ending his pro hockey career as a first-round NHL flop has become a university graduate, best-selling author, actor, stuntman, stand-up comedian, ball hockey superstar, master storyteller and all-around bon vivant. “Those three words got me into the acting union,” said Ryan, now 41. “Because once you speak on camera, you get in.” Almost a quarter-century ago,…