2013 WJC Preview: Avoiding relegation tops Germany's to-do list at World Juniors
With the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, Team Germany is returning to hockey’s belle étage after a one year sojourn to the Division 1, Group A tournament, which Germany hosted in December of 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
After a very disappointing relegation to the D-1 level at the 2011 WJC in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York, despite a team featuring NHL draft picks such as Konrad Abeltshauser, Philipp Grubauer, Tom Kuhnhackl, and Tobias Rieder, amongst others, Team Germany went undefeated at the D-1 2012 WJC on its march back into the top group. The Germans rejoined the top hockey nations on the strength of a 2-1 victory over Belarus and a thrilling 5-3 final over Norway, a country that itself just earned promotion to the 2014 WJC after a good showing at the 2013 D-1 WJC in France that ended on December 15th.… read more
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