2013 WJC Preview: Stacked Canadian squad appears to be gold favorite
As the NHL lockout marches through its 14th week and the talks surrounding a new collective bargaining agreement move from the negotiating table to the courtroom, perhaps no one has breathed a larger sigh of relief than the brass at Hockey Canada.
Though the loss of NHL hockey and the continuous tangle of proposals along with threats of lawsuits and union decertification have been frustrating for everyone involved, Hockey Canada finds themselves in the fortunate position of having all available players at their disposable for the 2013 World Junior Championship.
When it comes to the World Juniors and Canada, the expectation is simple: nothing short of a gold medal will do.… read more
With the lockout, Canada certainly has an exceptional team this year. (The rest of us get a welcome break from the annual moaning about how much better they'd be if X, Y, Z weren't playing in the NHL.)
Russia has to be a co-favorite, having a strong team itself, at home, and on the big ice surface.