Some notes and quotes gathered during the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship being held in Sochi/Adler, Russia.
Sochi is the official name of the site for this event and you see it being advertised everywhere, including on a popular line of clothing that is available for purchase nationwide. However, the Olympic grounds, and this U18 WJC tournament, are actually being held in a town called Adler, which is located roughly 30 km south of Sochi.
The Bolshoy Ice Dome is the big venue at this event. Every Russian game has begun at 8 pm in the evening and the crowds have been pretty much the biggest you’ll find outside of a North American venue (4’000-8’000 per).… read more