Monday, December 26, 2011

World Junior Championships begin today

Team U.S.A. begins its quest for an IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal with its first preliminary round game tonight against Denmark in Camrose, Alberta. Gametime is 6 p.m. Mountain Time, 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The contest will air live on The NHL Network. Both Adam Clendening and Charlie Coyle are expected to play key roles for Team USA

Last year, the U.S. lost to Canada in the semifinals but took home a bronze medal. Two years ago, Team USA won its second-ever gold medal with a squad that included former Terrier defenseman David Warsofsky.

● USA Hockey: Game Day information, Team USA schedule, WJC Blog and online media guide
● IIHF WJC homepage
● Chris Peters’ USA-Denmark game preview
● USCHO feature
● Buffalo News feature on Clendening
● The Hockey Writers: Five Players to Watch (Coyle)
● USA preview
● WJC beginners guide
● NHL Network extends contract with USA Hockey

Looking back
Matt Gilroy
wasn’t the first Terrier to go from walk-on to team captain and then reach the NHL. Born in Connecticut, but raised in Maine, Doug Friedman developed into a 40-point scorer for the 1992-93 team, and then led the '93-'94 squad to a 34-7 record and the NCAA Frozen Four. He went on to play for Edmonton and Nashville in the NHL as well as several AHL clubs. He’s now an assistant coach for the Junior Maine Mariners for whom his 12-year-old son, Jaxon, is a goalie. Both are headed to Sweden for the Nicklas Lidstrom Cup tournament this week. Friedman recalls his own trip to play hockey in Sweden in 1983.

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