Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Things You May Not Know About the World Juniors

Every year there are story lines that emerge from the World Junior Championships. It could be a goalie who seems unstoppable, or even a player who has overcome insurmountable obstacles in their life to reach that moment in their career. Here are some things you may not know about the World Juniors:

  • Swiss goalie, Benjamin Conz, has been passed over the last 2 NHL drafts. Last year in 2010, he was selected to the tournament all-star team and named the best goaltender in the tournament, but no NHL team wanted to take a chance on him.
  • The World Junior Hockey Championships were first held in 1977 (1974-76 were not official tournaments).
  • Canadian forward Casey Cizikas was convicted of manslaughter following the accidental death of Manny Castillo during a rugby game in 2007. He was given a sentence of one year probation and 100 hours of community service.
  • Swiss forward and captain, Nino Niederreiter, was taken 5th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. This made him the highest drafted Swiss-born player in NHL history
  • The World Junior Hockey Championships consist of the top 10 ranked nations in the world. But, there are also three other lower pools of teams. Divisions 1, 2, and 3 compete for the right to be either promoted to a higher pool or face relegation to a lower pool.
  • The Canadian player with the most points in a single tournament was Dale McCourt. He scored 18 points in 7 games back in 1977. Brayden Schenn has 16 points with the Gold Medal game remaining.
  • Team USA captain John Ramage won't get the chance to look up into the stands and see his dad watching him play. His father, former Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage, is serving a 4 year sentence for impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. Former Chicago Blackhawks captain Keith Magnuson was killed as a passenger in the car Ramage was driving.
  • Canada has the most gold medals won at the tournament with 15. Russia/Soviet Union have 12 gold medals and the rest of the pack is far back, with USA, Finland, and Czech Republic tied for 3rd with 2 gold medals each.
  • Injured Canadian forward Jaden Schwartz fractured his ankle early on in Canada's second game of the tournament. He stayed in the game and ended up scoring a goal. Toughness runs in his family. His sister Mandi Schwartz, a former star hockey player for Yale University is battling cancer for the third time this year.
  • American forward Ryan Bourque is the son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque
  • Many NHLers or hockey legends message their home countries teams during the tournament to inspire them. Mats Sundin saw Sweden off, Steve Yzerman met with Team Canada, and Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf sent text messages to the team. It's nice to see players that have made it still think about the tournament.

7 comments:

  1. Benjamin Conz is very solid. He is a smaller goalie but looks pretty good to me. Somebody will use a late round pick on him this year.

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  2. Sid sent a text message to the entire roster of Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior tournament before today’s game against the United States:

    Hey guys I just wanted to say Good Luck to you in your game tonight. You for sure have Canadian fans here on the Penguins pulling for you along with the rest of Canada, so play with confidence out there. Remember these are the games you dream about playing in. Trust the guy next to you and play together and you will get the result you want. Good Luck! -Sidney

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  3. The Swiss won yesterday over a stronger Finnish team thanks to Ben Conz. They placed 5th at the Tournament.

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  4. Things you might have noticed while watching the world jrs???

    Luke Schenn was really fat when he was younger. BooooM

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  5. lol
    Luke Schenn was a fatttt kid

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