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Posted at 4:01 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Capitals' prospects impress at World Junior Championships

By Katie Carrera

Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates his game-winning overtime goal against Team Finland in the quarterfinals. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)


This morning when he arrived at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Alex Ovechkin made sure he found all of his Canadian teammates so that he could raise his arm in the air and celebrate Russia's come-from-behind, 5-3 win over Canada in the gold-medal game at the World Junior Championships in front of them.

"I'm pretty happy for the team, for country," Ovechkin said. "It's a big victory. We won only 2003, [was the] last championship, and right now we're No.1 team in juniors. It's pretty amazing and I'm pretty happy."

Ovechkin caught part of the gold-medal game on a laptop after his charity appearance with Cal Ripken last night, and Semyon Varlamov watched the game and shared concern after the second period with Caps director of media relations Sergey Kocharov. Meanwhile, many Canadian Capitals watched part of the contest, only to turn the game off when they believed their countrymen had a sizable lead, then returned later to see the Russians surging back.

"I was frustrated to see that happen, the collapse," Karl Alzner said. "It was weird to see. I stopped watching -- it was 2-0. I came back and it was 3-3. I watched Russia score their fourth and fifth goals. It was just weird the way Canada was playing. They weren't battling on the walls like we normally do. It was frustrating to see, but it happens."

Aside from the bragging rights in the Capitals' locker room and the ruckus created by a still-celebrating Russian squad as they tried to make their way home, the gold-medal game and the entire tournament in Buffalo featured strong performances by several of Washington's young prospects.

For Russia, center Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists in the championship game and finished as the tournament's second-leading scorer with four goals and seven assists in seven games. Kuznetsov also recorded a plus-7 rating. Defenseman Dmitri Orlov boasted a plus-10 rating and added a goal and eight assists of his own.

There was little doubt throughout the tournament, and particularly against Canada, that Kuznetsov, whom the Capitals selected as 26th overall in the 2010 draft, was one of the most electrifying players on the ice.

"I'm very, very impressed," Ovechkin said of what he saw from Kuznetsov. "He scored against Finland, played great against Sweden and he was unbelievable in third period -- all three periods he was unbelievable, I guess -- against Canada."

General Manager George McPhee, who attended two of the semifinals on Monday, called Kuznetsov "exceptional" and "one of the better players in the tournament." Outside of the Capitals organization, Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson told reporters that Kuznetsov was "the most dynamic player in the whole tournament."

From The Globe and Mail: "When he decided he was going to make a difference in the game, he certainly could, he turned the switch on," Wilson said. "In the last five minutes of all the other games, he was a dominant player. He did it yesterday, he was unbelievable, almost unstoppable when he got going. He looked like an Ovechkin, or a Semin, then you find out he's [drafted by] Washington -- you're kidding. He was pretty dynamic."

On the opposite side, McPhee said he and the rest of the Washington staff thought Cody Eakin was the "best player on the ice" in the championship match for Canada and that he, along with defensive prospect Patrick Wey, who played for the United States, had strong showings. McPhee didn't get a chance to see goaltender Philipp Grubauer play for Germany but said that he will watch DVDs of those games.

"It's sure nice as a manager to go to a tournament like that and see talent that you know will be playing for you in a year or so," McPhee said. "Especially where we've been picking these days, it's usually been late in the first round, and we're finding some of these guys in the later rounds. It's nice that we're going to have another wave of good, young players coming into the team, because that's what makes you good and keeps you good for a long time."

Eakin finished a plus-3 with three points in seven games despite playing through an existing hand/wrist injury and had a steady rise throughout the tournament. In September, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Eakin was "very close" to being ready for a professional career.

"He's an offensive player that can play defense," Boudreau said. "There's not a lot of guys that can do that. I think he's a real grade-A prospect, and I think the Caps did a great job of getting him in the third round."

Seeing the success of young centers like Eakin, 19, and Kuznetsov, 18, in the World Junior Championship only reminded the Capitals' brass of the depth up the middle that will be in the pipeline for the coming seasons. When counting Kuznetsov and Eakin along with Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault, Washington has a group of five centers age 23 or younger -- granted, some are more proven than others -- that they expect to help push the organization forward.

"We're really pleased with that, because it looks like we'll be set up pretty nicely for the next 10 years here," McPhee said. "The great thing about centers is if you have depth at that position, you can always play them on the wing. It's really hard for a winger to learn to play center, but to move the center to the wing isn't that hard. So it's nice to have that kind of depth, and we've seen it here with a guy like [Jay] Beagle and Brooks Laich. They're pretty good wingers, but if we need some help in the middle, we can throw them in for a game or two and we don't take a step back.

"With Backstrom and Perreault and Johansson and some of the other kids on the way, we're in pretty good shape there, and you've got to be good at center if you want to win championships."

Eakin is expected to join Hershey at the conclusion of his junior season with the Swift Current Broncos, while both Kuznetsov and Orlov have a year remaining on their contracts with teams in the KHL. There are scenarios, a team spokesman said, that would allow the Russian prospects to join the Capitals organization earlier than 2012, though.

By Katie Carrera  | January 6, 2011; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Cody Eakin, Evgeny Kuznetsov  
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Comments

Nice! Go Caps!!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | January 6, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope and pray that Mcphee doesn't think we are "set" at center. neglecting this years team because of the "future"...

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | January 6, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The other thing this does is making them better trading chips. If Dallas decides to trade Richards, could putting Eakin in be what it takes? No, I'm not saying the Caps should trade him, but he may be what it takes to get back high end talent.

You have to love Wilson's comment after finding out that they are Caps' property.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Katie. I suspect some Bears fans wouldn't mind seeing Orlov, with his big shot from the point, paired up with Souray on the Bears' power play. That would be some real fire-power. As I recall, Orlov previously said that he wanted to play in Hershey after the end of the KHL season this year.

Posted by: zmega | January 6, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I like this quote by Ron Wilson, pretty awesome.

"From everything I could see, I know Brayden Schenn played great, but the most dynamic player in that whole tournament was Kuznetsov."

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

GMGM was being modest. I know I've been a critic in the past [Butch Cassidy? Ouch.] but he's stepped it up the last few years. Ovie, Backs, Varly, Carlson, and now it looks like Kuz could be on that same track [and grabbed both pretty late in the first, come to think of it] - that's pretty good.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 6, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

That's a great quote from Wilson, nice find.

One thing about Ron Wilson, love him or hate him [and I realize in TO it's the latter, but as a huge supporter of Team USA it is definitely the former, full disclosure!] - is he's 1) very smart & 2) honest.

Maybe not always the most diplomatic, but the dude certainly knows his puck.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 6, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Going back to the previous thread: Sports reporters don't have to only digest what a team feeds them. In other words, if you're having a conversation with GMGM about the HBO show, you could toss in a question such as: Do you have any plans to pursue a #2 Center prior to the trade deadline? GMGM could then reply in any of the following ways: No - Yes - Spin - Walk out, whatever... He's not King of the World, he can be asked a question he maybe doesn't want to hear. I simply don't understand why none of the pressing issues are addressed, is pleasant access to the team so important for sports reporters these days?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 6, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

He probably does get asked, but what's the point of constantly printing

"GMGM replied that he was very comfortable with the current team but would also evaluate any potential deal that would potentially make the team better".

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

From twitter:

"It appears Langenbrunner is not playing 2night for Devils. There is no equipment in his locker stall. A possible trade?"

I've always liked Langenbrunner and felt he would be a great addition for the Caps. But the Caps don't really need a wing though.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I simply don't understand why none of the pressing issues are addressed, is pleasant access to the team so important for sports reporters these days?
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I don't either, if all these guys do is just tape or write down whatever the team feeds'em, they might as well send out robots to do the job.

good thing the same guys don't cover the politics, they might actually get away with murder

Posted by: joek443 | January 6, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olyhockey/news/story?id=5995103&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

I guess the Russian team got kicked off a plane for being too rowdy.

Posted by: TwoBuckChuck | January 6, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Also from a Devils reporter tweet:

"Langebrunner said he has been asked to waive no trade and is awaiting word of next move."

Interesting. I wonder who he will be traded to.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Going back to the previous thread: Sports reporters don't have to only digest what a team feeds them. In other words, if you're having a conversation with GMGM about the HBO show, you could toss in a question such as: Do you have any plans to pursue a #2 Center prior to the trade deadline? GMGM could then reply in any of the following ways: No - Yes - Spin - Walk out, whatever... He's not King of the World, he can be asked a question he maybe doesn't want to hear. I simply don't understand why none of the pressing issues are addressed, is pleasant access to the team so important for sports reporters these days?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 6, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse
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Great point. It reminds me of a story out of Pittsburgh that the local affiliate that televises Steelers games had video of Ben Roethlisberger riding a motorcycle without a helmet (after his accident), but they didn't air it because they didn't want to damage their relationship with the Steelers.(Dan Shaughnnesy of the Boston Globe reported this, it's not just an urban myth I heard somewhere). What has happened to the integrity of journalism?

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | January 6, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov looks like he can be future 1st line player for this team. I like MaJo as the 3 this year and next. Every other asset (Eakin, Orlov, Holtby, MP, 2011 1st rounder, Ted's Summer Home, the Brooklyn Bridge) should be used by George McPhee to get this team a Stanley Cup THIS YEAR!

But, IMO, right now, Kuznetsov value will NEVER BE HIGHER! Is there a player on: FLA, EDM, CAL, OTT, BUF, MIN worth him?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 6, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I forgot TOR.

Also, a player I like is Dustin Penner. Orlov might get you him. Plus, adding him makes it easier to let Semin walk after the postseason if they choose not to sign him. But I still think Semin will be moved pre-deadline.

One last thing, I think OV should go back to RW for of a set amount of time, like 10 games. He needs a kick start in the worse way.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 6, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, one more thing.

Crosby got hurt last night, not sure if anyone brought it up. He was flown back to Pitt today I guess.

Good.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 6, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't sound too happy when talking about an injury on another team, that's a violation of Rule 1538-76 of the Sports Fans Bible.

It's gonna be your fault if someone on the Caps gets hurt next game.

Posted by: joek443 | January 6, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with GMGM on this one. I like the current team but, I would like to see the Caps add a 2C. However, it's difficult to give up some of that young talent we saw in the WJC. It would suck to trade away a young player for a rental only to watch the player develop into a star on another team.
Ask the Rangers about Kelly Miller & Mike Ridley traded for a 28 game rental of Bob Carpenter.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 6, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry joek443. But I heard it's not a serious injury. It just hurts when he sits down to pee.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 6, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with GMGM on this one. I like the current team but, I would like to see the Caps add a 2C. However, it's difficult to give up some of that young talent we saw in the WJC. It would suck to trade away a young player for a rental only to watch the player develop into a star on another team.
Ask the Rangers about Kelly Miller & Mike Ridley traded for a 28 game rental of Bob Carpenter.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 6, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Ask the Rangers about Kelly Miller & Mike Ridley traded for a 28 game rental of Bob Carpenter.
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Well Carpenter was only 23 when he was dealt to NYR, just a couple seasons removed from his 53-goal season. He was the player with the most offensive upside in that whole deal.

He wasn't a rental, the trade just didn't work out for Espo and the Rangers.

The Caps got two very solid players for a disgruntled former 50-goal scorer who NEVER wanted to be a Cap from the day he was drafted.

In those days there was no trading for a "rental" player since there was no free agency.

Posted by: joek443 | January 6, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

BTW we Caps' fans as a group totally SUCK, look at the darn All-Star ballots.

It's a total disgrace, Letang as a write-in will make it as a starting D.

Posted by: joek443 | January 6, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread:

@Timbo

No Pitt mgmt didnt do that at all. The NHL promised Leonsis a winter classic last season when they replaced us with the Flyers. Then they came to Leonsis and said we want to put you in but have you play in Pitt this year and you'll get yours in another 2 years. Leonsis said thats fine if you give our team a certain allottment of the tickets. So it had nothing to do with Pitt, it was Leonsis negotiating with the NHL offices.

Posted by: ThePat | January 6, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat - gotcha. Sounds like Mr. Leonsis is a savvy negotiator, can't say I'm surprised.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 6, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't watched this clip on youtube Hitler reacts to winter classic you have to watch this, one of the funniest clips I have seen in awhile!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cnc-EB3g8A

Posted by: CapsSkins | January 6, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

And it appears Langenbrunner is headed to Dallas so they are going after it. My guess is Richards is going to sign extension there so the hope of getting him is gone essentially for the few that thought it was still possible.

Posted by: ThePat | January 6, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

actually the langenbrunner thing might not be true. Saw a tweet from a Philly guy. Just realized that he said it was saying Eklund said it. So who knows.

Posted by: ThePat | January 6, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Langebrunner sounds like he is going to Dallas, if true the rental of Richards goes out the window. They look like they are making a run this year and won't be trading their best player.

@joek I would like to think that Caps fans just know that the best players should make the team and we don't just blindly vote for the home team players and also don't have the time to vote 50 times each because they have lives. Pens fans should be ashamed they kept Stamkos out of the starting 6 for Malkin who is 35th in scoring. Crosby and Letang are not embarassing although I had Buff and Lidstrom as my D but Letang is in the same area of those two. They should also be embarassed for voting in Fleury. With Tim Thomas having the season he is having he should be the #1 goalie, period, end of discussion. Fleury is 6th in GAA and tied for 11th in save %. If he wasn't on the Pens his record would be much worse as well. This also goes for Hawks fans as well. Yes, they won the Cup last year but Towes is a border line all star this season at 25th in points but what is worse is Keith making it. Only 3 goals 14th among D in points and is a -7. That is not an all star let alone a starter. It would be much better if they did like the NFL and didn't have a fan vote. Or if they really want a fan vote pick the players then give the fans a chance to add one or two players at the end of the process sort of like how the MLB has a final vote.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 6, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It would be much better if they did like the NFL and didn't have a fan vote.
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There are a significant number of people out there who wouldn't mind seeing the NHL all-star game completely go away. I sure as heck wouldn't miss it.

However as long as it exists, I don't wanna hear how great Caps' fans are. If we can't put ONE lousy player in the starting lineup, we don't have the right to criticize the fans of the Pens or any other team.

Quite frankly if it didn't have fans voting, it may as well disappear because nobody would care.

Posted by: joek443 | January 6, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I am a Caps fan and have been since I was almost born at a game and I didn't vote for any Caps in the few ballots I submitted. I don't see the voting as a way to show how strong a fanbase is. You really think the Pens have the best fanbase in the league? Better then all of the Canadian teams? Better then Toronto who even with ticket prices higher then any other team still sells out every night? Better then the Habs who flood the streets for a playoff series win? It is ment to show who we want to see. If Pens fans just want to see their own players again fine but I want to see the best in the game go at it and this year that does not include Keith or Flower. This year there really aren't any Caps who I feel are the best at their position. Varly has been good but he was hurt at the start of the year and didn't look good for a few weeks during the losing streak. Ovechkin is an all-star but I wouldn't put him in the top three this year. Carlson is the best Dman on the team but he hasn't been as good as Buff or Lidstrom. Thomas was my goalie as I said before.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 6, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The Langenbrunner trade is true - the Bergen Record beat reporter has talked to Langenbrunner and Lamoriello who both acknowledged that he had been asked to waive his no trade clause, he didn't play tonight and isn't saying what teams are in the bidding. Most likely I believe it would be out West - apparently LL has never made a trade with another Atlantic Division team in his 23 years as GM.

Posted by: Thisistheyear | January 6, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I agree that, barring a complete collapse, the Stars will not be trading Richards this year.

However, I disagree that them possibly trading for Langenbrunner means they will re-sign Richards.

This has more to do with the state of their ownership situation and the ability, or inability, of the temporary management to sign a player to a large, and long-term contract. Generally, temporary management is hesitant to make decisions that put a team in long term debt(i.e. signing a player to a $70M contract or whatever it is). That is not good when trying to sell a team to a potential buyer. It is always possible because the management team could okay it, but they will only okay it if the signing is financially sound(meaning it won't hurt profits). That is the job of the temporary management team, to make the organization as profitable as possible(or lose as little amount as money as possible).

Langernbrunner will only cost the Stars $1.4M the rest of this season. I am sure the Stars management has a budget for this season and that adding Langenbrunner(minus whoever they trade) would not exceed that budget.

That's what makes these types of ownership situations so tricky because you can't just look at it from a hockey standpoint, but you have to also look at it from a legal standpoint.

@joek443

I did not vote once for the All-Star game. I'm a big Caps fan and try to watch as many games as I can, but I could care less who gets voted on the All-Star team and felt it wasn't worth the time it would take to fill out a ballot.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 6, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't watched this clip on youtube Hitler reacts to winter classic you have to watch this, one of the funniest clips I have seen in awhile!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cnc-EB3g8A

Posted by: CapsSkins | January 6, 2011 9:22 PM

that was hilarious

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 6, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

very funny indeed. 5,000 Crosby bobbleheads. Mein Gut!

Posted by: ebolean1 | January 6, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Eakin is one of those special kind of players that the Caps should not look to trade. I was pleasantly surprised when the Caps were able to tap him in the 3rd round and would like to see him grow and develop in a Washington uniform.

Posted by: McKinley2 | January 6, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Langs was headed to Dallas but it appears we are interested in him which is why this probably won't go down til tomorrow. I would say (from what I'm hearing) our chances are a bit lower than 50/50 we get him.

GMGM is very interested in him as he should be, the difference will be what NJ wants in return. I do know they want a prospect and they don't want much if any salary in return so it could turn into picks.

Once again a very proven vet who has won a Cup and konws what it takes to win the prize. Can't have enough of those guys.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 7, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface:

If we got Langenbrunner, who would we give up? We've got a load of wingers and even if NJ didn't want a roster player in a trade, we'd have to jettison someone to get to the maximum roster size.

Posted by: Thisistheyear | January 7, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if "smallgamesyd" flew to Pitt to help his boyfriend recover from a concussion.

The timing of Pens fans on this board is beyond predictable. Oh yeah and whatever happen to that clown who's screen name is "it's NOT a rivalry". Really? Nah it's not a rivalry.

I wish we could fast forward to the playoffs as I'm praying for us to meet them in the playoffs. The best would be in the ECF's but I'll take a series win against them anytime.

I love how BB said in 24/7 tha Ted came to him and said, "you can lost to anybody but you better not lose to Pittsburgh!" Love it! Oh and "ditto" that!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 7, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Is the Redskin's playoff game cancelled this weekend?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 7, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

@thisistheyr

That's a great question. NJ can't take much salary back. Langs cap hit is $2.8M so I'm thinking the only players up with the big club that make sense are Stecks, B Gordon or DJK. All of them make $1M or less which would give NJ some cap relief.

Also Langs is an UFA after this yr so NJ won't get much in return which is a win for them because they don't want much in return!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 7, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

@thisistheyr

I would've said Sloan but I don't see us giving up 1 D for 1 O. We'd have way too many forwards at that point and another deal would almost for sure have to follow.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 7, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

I read an article that said the Devils were about to trade Langenbrunner to the Flyers(yes, that is scary) for a 3rd and 5th round draft picks. But waited to see if they could get more.

In terms of roster space, the Caps would likely have to send a few of their guys down and maybe another separate deal would take place. Or maybe Laich moves into center.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 7, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Also, did people see this GMGM quote in a USA Today article about Kuznetsov?

"There is probably no doubt that (Kuznetsov) has the ability to play in the NHL right now — the issue is only whether he would have the strength and maturity to get through the year and be good all year long," McPhee said.

If that is true, that sounds as though GMGM may want him on the big club next year.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 7, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov's success will mean that Alex Semin is DEFINITELY not coming back, since we have another game-changing, dynamic russian forward in the pipeline. So, if we're not bringing him back, then trade him now for proven center and lets go get the damn cup!

Posted by: CalleJoFan | January 7, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov's success will mean that Alex Semin is DEFINITELY not coming back, since we have another game-changing, dynamic russian forward in the pipeline. So, if we're not bringing him back, then trade him now for proven center and lets go get the damn cup!

Posted by: CalleJoFan | January 7, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

One thing (Kuznetsov's "success") has nothing to do with the other (Semin's retention). For starters, Semin is a winger and Kuznetsov is a center. Kuznetsov may be the 2C the Caps are looking for to pair with Semin. duh.

Posted by: dml1077 | January 7, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Kuznetzov has the potential to be a game-changer, he and Semin together would be freaking a dangerous 2nd line. But the thing about truly great centers - which he appears capable of becoming - is they can play wing with ease, like Forsberg sometimes did, or how Malkin and Staal will sometimes be each other's wing.

I can not wait to see him at the VC!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 7, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Hitler clip is ha-larious!
"There are still plenty of straight Caps fans out there Anna" ha Ha Ha...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Even playing at home on a small rink...As usual...Once again history repeats itself!...As Always!

When will you realize that HOCKEY is better than NHL?

Unbelievable! Supernatural! Formidable! Thrilling! Unique! Magnificent! Fearless! Amazing! Inspiring! Wonderful! Expressive! Valiant! Electrifying! Extraordinary! Unforgettable! Audacious! Unthinkable!
Outstanding! Enchanting! Incomparable! Astonishing! Moving! Sublime! Mesmerizing! Fabulous! Touching! Phenomenal! Shocking! Exciting! Bold! Sensational! Transcendent! Brave! Awesome! Perpetual! Historic!

Certainly, the greatest sporting achievement of 2011!

The Russian magic is indescribable!

A puzzle that Canada will never unravel!

The Russian have been, are and always will be the most technical and unpredictable players of the hockey world!

This was much more than collapse!

That was the biggest disgrace, humiliation in the history of Canadian hockey!

National opprobrium!

Do not forget that recently, they staged another great defeat on "Canadian Island of Wealth" at the IIHF 2008 World Ice Hockey Championship [Halifax & Quebec City] (defeated by Russia again)!

Which is the most memorable moment?

2008 IIHF WC or
2011 IIHF WJHC (IIHF World Under 20 Championship/ World Junior Hockey Championship)?

Even with the privilege of playing once more on American soil, were fragile to defeat his biggest nightmare, formerly known as the Soviet Union and Russia since 1991.

Once again came to the gallery of the greatest Team Canada failures of all time!

Look at the history and see that the overwhelming majority of the Canada achievements has always happened in the North American Continent,
with support from their fans and
playing on the tiny small rink!

The Russian Red Machine proved once again why is the greatest nation of hockey!

The Russian Reign will extend to eternity!

Imagine what will happen to the great expansion of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)!

From now, Canadians have to open the eyes for the next
Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which will take place in Russia in 2014!

If they don't participate with maximum force will be a more compelling evidence of fear they feel in playing outside of their domains and geographic borders!

The story does not mind!

When they play (Canadians and Americans) in Europe don't have the same strength, resistence!

The true essence of hockey (wherein the technique and skill prevail rather than force) is playing in the international arena specified by the International Ice Hockey Federation!

Whether the National Team (Team Canada and Team USA) or NHL teams, they can't or are not able to have the same level playing on the large rink!

Although the canadians have invented the hockey, they have to be content/pleased
for the second-place as a world power in the history of ice hockey all time!

Posted by: tiagotricolorcardoso | January 7, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Red Machine: The Unpredictable Legend of Ice Hockey

25° Final WJHC (IIHF World Under-20 Championship [1974-2011])

38 Years of Soviet/Russian Dominance!

Soviet Union/Russia - 32 Medals, 16 Gold, 9 Silver, 7 Bronze
Canada - 29 Medals, 15 Gold, 10 Silver, 4 Bronze

15° Final Russia/USSR Vs Canada

Russia - 8 Gold - 1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2011 -
Canada - 7 Gold - 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Considering one of them won gold or silver medals

Round-robin Format

1975 4 x 3 (USSR Gold)
1976 5 X 2 (USSR Gold)
1977 6 X 4 (USSR Gold)
1986 4 X 1 (USSR Gold)

1988 2 X 3 (Canada Gold)
1990 4 x 6 (Canada Gold)
1991 2 x 3 (Canada Gold)
1995 5 x 8 (Canada Gold)

Preliminary Round and Playoffs

1999 3 x 2 (Russia Gold) [Final]
2002 2 x 5 [Preliminary] - 5 x 4 (Russia Gold) [Final]
2003 3 x 2 (Russia Gold) [Final]

2005 1 x 6 (Canada Gold) [Final]
2006 0 x 5 (Canada Gold) [Final]
2007 2 x 4 (Canada Gold) [Final]

2011 3 x 6 [Preliminary] - 5 x 3 (Russia Gold) [Final]

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