US Talent Still Tops at World Jrs

Top draft picks on display at junior championships

If the NHL draft were held this weekend, there is a possibility that U.S. National Team Development Program defenseman Erik Johnson would be selected No. 1, ahead of the University of Minnesota freshman Phil Kessel.
Although Kessel has been cast as the American version of Sidney Crosby, Johnson’s strong play at the World Junior Championships created a buzz in the hockey world.

Our hardware at the midway point

What would the mid-point of the National Hockey League season be without mid-term grades? Here’s a look at our choices for NHL awards if they were handed out in early January instead of mid-June … and a couple of awards (or anti-awards) of our own.

Winnipeg Arena demolition draws crowds

A new spectator sport is emerging in Winnipeg: watching the old Winnipeg Arena as it’s torn apart, piece by piece.
Demolition crews have been working on the “old barn” for weeks, tearing off walls and exposing the inner workings of the Polo Park area arena.


Picture of perfection

Surprise, surprise! Canada successfully defended its world junior gold medal, capping a stunning run at the 2006 event last night with a 5-0 rout of Russia before a packed GM Place. “I never envisioned this to happen to me,” said Steve Downie, who scored the winner at 17:13 of the first period.

U.S. bows to Finland in juniors’ bronze-medal game

With nine NHL first-round draft picks and four more projected to go in the first round next June, USA’s team brought the best collection of resumes to the World Junior Hockey Championships.
But the skill on paper never materialized on ice, as the Americans lost 4-2 to Finland in the bronze medal game Thursday, finishing fourth in the tournament that showcases the world’s best teenage players.

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