Congratulations to Team USA, IIHF World Junior Champions!

During most international hockey tournaments, I have a hard time getting enthused for the hastily-assembled teams filled with NHL pros. The IIHF World Junior hockey championship (featuring college and major junior league players below the age of 20), on the other hand, is always riveting viewing. Last night’s gold medal game in Montreal was no exception. Team USA rallied from two separate two-goal deficits to emerge victorious against Team Canada in the shootout. (The United States’ defensive play was impressive throughout the series, but I have to give last night’s first star to goaltender Tyler Parsons. His brilliance during a tense overtime and shootout made me forget that he’ll stonewall my Sharks frequently once he joins the Calgary Flames.) I give full props to an excellent Team Canada (once things get to a shootout, it’s anyone’s game), and congratulate them on winning silver. (I also want to give a shout-out to Team Denmark, which went further in this year’s tournament than ever before. While they ran into a tough opponent in Team Russia, I absolutely expect great showings from the Danes in the future!) Here are some highlights:


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