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World Juniors 2020

World Juniors 2020

The Hockey News’ XL-sized 100-page World Junior Championship Preview tees up the annual holiday classic with in-depth breakdowns of Team Canada and the United States, plus features on Joe Veleno and Cole Caufield. We also key on one prospect to watch for the Swedes, Finns, Russians and Czechs and provide scouting reports on all the squads. On top of our WJC coverage, we have features on the dynamic between Buffalo's new coach and Jack Eichel; Dougie Hamilton; a history of hockey video games; why hitting is disappearing from the NHL; and much more.

NHL

HIT THE BOOKS, THEN THE ICE

IT USED TO BE that Geraldine Arpin only found herself working with the Prince Albert Raiders’ high-school contingent once a week. On Monday nights, generally an off-day in the major junior circuit, Arpin, like her fellow education advisors throughout the WHL, would hold study hall with the young big-league hopefuls who remained students by day. But that was before Josh Morrissey came along, before he approached Arpin asking why it was the retired teacher only came around once each week, why she and the team couldn’t meet more often, why there weren’t more study-hall sessions for Morrissey and his fellow teammates. “So that’s where it started where I increased the number,” Arpin said. “It was always because Josh showed that leadership.” Looking back, Arpin explained, it was Morrissey’s request that sparked what…

World Junior Championship Preview

World Junior Championship Preview

IT’S BEEN MORE THAN a decade since the Czech Republic hosted the World Junior Championship, and the hosts chose the hockey-mad cities of Ostrava and Trinec as the venues, so expect a good time at the 2020 tournament. Will it be fun for the hosts? That is certainly a wait-and-see question. The Czechs, who underwhelmed with a star-studded cast last year in Vancouver and Victoria, return to home ice with a more humble roster, and perhaps that’s for the best: everyone loves an underdog. The seedings didn’t do them any favors, as the Czechs are in a Group of Death with Canada (their New Year’s Eve opponent), Russia, Team USA and a potentially dangerous German squad – technically the “minnow” of the bunch but much more a barracuda. On the other side,…

World Junior Championship Preview

GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS

UNITED STATES: ONE TO WATCH YEAH, SO IT TURNS out the Movember initiative for men’s health was not required to commission a Brink’s truck to pick up all the money Cole Caufield raised, after all. But it’s not as though he didn’t try. Caufield actually started growing the thing in October, but November produced nothing more than a pathetic little duster on his upper lip and a stretch where he scored only one goal in seven games, so he shaved it off. People apparently noticed. Wisconsin coach Tony Granato noted that if you combined the facial hair Caufield and the four other Badger freshmen grew in November, you wouldn’t have enough for one fully formed ’stache. “Obviously, it wasn’t doing the job,” Caufield said, “so it had to go. I’ve got a lot…

E-Sports

The New Game In Town

IMAGINE 2019 GARY BETTMAN hopping in a time machine and materializing in 2009 Gary Bettman’s office. “Past Gary, you better sit down,” Future Gary says. “This is going to sound weird.” “I’m the commissioner of the NHL,” Past Gary says. “I can handle anything. Out with it.” Past Gary takes a sip of coffee. “In 10 years,” Future Gary says, “you will stand on a stage in Las Vegas and hand a giant $50,000 novelty cheque to a 21-year-old college student named ‘Top-Shelf-Cookie.’” Past Gary spits out his coffee. “What? Why?!” “The kid earned the money,” Future Gary says. “He’s the world champion.” “Of what?” “Video games.” Future Gary isn’t lying. It happened on June 18, 2019, in a scene so surreal that few would’ve believed it a decade ago. A young man named Matt Gutkoski, who goes by…