Plenty of intrigue heading into medal, relegation rounds at 2013 World Juniors
For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.
The expected star of the tournament has been just that, as the Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has produced three goals and 11 points in just four games, albeit with five of those coming in the initial 9-3 shellacking of Germany.
Nugent-Hopkins’ future teammate and Russia’s most important piece of the puzzle, Nail Yakupov, has been at the middle of the media hoopla here in Bashkortostan, the republic that neighbors his native Tatarstan.… read more