2014 U18 WJC Preview: Czech Republic looks like medal contender
Twelve months ago in Sochi, the Czech Republic's U18 squad was at the beginning of what could be a beautiful ride that could see the Czechs finally grabbing a medal at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship. This year's U18 team from this Central European nation has grown and matured since last year's competition, and is now looking more like a medal contender.
Last year in Russia, things weren't going as well for the team as they have this year. After a beatdown of Latvia in the opening game of the tournament, the Czechs went on to lose in all of the remaining games, first blowing a 2-0 lead against the United States, avoiding a huge defeat at the hands of Finland, succumbing to the host country, and finally being eliminated by Canada in the quarterfinals after a 6-0 performance by eventual gold medalists.… read more