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OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 27, 2023 08:55

So...the tourney got started yesterday. Canada beat the Finns, no surprise there I guess. Couple of great glove saves from both goalies!

Anybody going to the games? I am traveling Tuesday next week, got tickets to two QF's, the semis, the medal round and the relegation round.

Never been to Gothenburg actually - I had a ticket to the 2006 Stones show at Ullevi, which never materialized for reasons we all know.

I'll be bringing four jerseys:

- a white Canada Cup 1987 Team Canada jersey
- a red Turin 2002 Team Canada jersey
- a white Sochi 2014 Team Canada jersey

and the cherry on top: a red Letterkenny Irish jersey with #69 Shoresy! winking smiley



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: MartinB ()
Date: December 28, 2023 17:46

It will be Canada winning all the way again.

I will be in Prague in May.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: December 28, 2023 18:12

I saw the Rolling Stones in Gothenburg in 1990 (Eriksberg) and 1998 (Nya Ullevi). A nice town. I think Team USA will win this year. I see Sweden and, of course, Canada as runner ups.
Maybe Finland too - but they started with two losses. Sweden will meet Germany tonight and Canada tomorrow. It will be interesting to watch.



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: mickijaggeroo ()
Date: December 29, 2023 03:05

Welcome to Göteborg (Gothenburg) my home town. Beers?

Vilhelm
Nordic Stones Vikings

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: ohmercy61 ()
Date: December 29, 2023 05:34

I'm a Bruins fan and I hope matthew Potras does well for Canada but I am rooting for team usa.should be a great tournament.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 29, 2023 06:20

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mickijaggeroo
Welcome to Göteborg (Gothenburg) my home town. Beers?

Thank you. I don't drink beer!



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 29, 2023 06:24

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ohmercy61
I'm a Bruins fan and I hope matthew Potras does well for Canada but I am rooting for team usa.should be a great tournament.


Oh, it's USA or SWE for the gold for sure. Team Canada never wins when I go.

Tell me this isn't the best time of the year, though.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: DGA35 ()
Date: December 29, 2023 07:53

Not as easy to follow games in Canada with the time difference! Cheering for Canada but hoping the US does well since 4 Blackhawks draft picks are playing for them! Connor Bedard is exceeding expectations, scoring highlight reel goals last night and last Saturday!

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 29, 2023 13:17

Too bad the Hawks didn't loan Bedard to Hockey Canada.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: DGA35 ()
Date: December 29, 2023 21:04

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Topi
Too bad the Hawks didn't loan Bedard to Hockey Canada.

I thought that originally, but at this point, he's already won it twice and he's playing awesome in the NHL now. It would be a step backwards for him to go back to play in a junior tournament.
Macklin Celebrini is looking great in the tournament so far for Canada, and is projected to go first overall in the 2024 NHL draft. I'm hoping that the Blackhawks continue to do poorly this year and might get the first overall pick again! He already plays in Chicago for the Chicago Steel of the USHL so he wouldn't even have to move!

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 29, 2023 21:43

I was joking. smiling smiley

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: December 30, 2023 00:20

Interesting games coming up tomorrow - Germany-Latvia and Norway-Switzerland - which will decide which teams who make it to the quarterfinals on January 2nd, 2024.
Some good games today - especially the Team USA against Czechia game (4-3 on penalties) one.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: sf37 ()
Date: December 30, 2023 00:21

Great tournament so far. I'm thinking this will be Sweden's year to win it all. Their defence has yet to suuender a goal and the team looks solid.

Just out of curiosity.....when the time comes that Russia and Belarus are reinstated into these tournaments, will they be automatically placed within the top tier divisions, or will they need to start from the bottom and work their way up the ladder?

Ride like the wind at double speed.....

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: December 30, 2023 00:31

I don't know, sf37. I don't think it will happen for a while though. René Fasel was corrupted but he was kicked out and replaced by Luc Tardif (French Canadian). Hopefully he's not corrupted yet...

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: sf37 ()
Date: December 30, 2023 00:56

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Stoneage
I don't know, sf37. I don't think it will happen for a while though. René Fasel was corrupted but he was kicked out and replaced by Luc Tardif (French Canadian). Hopefully he's not corrupted yet...

thumbs up

Ride like the wind at double speed.....

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: MartinB ()
Date: December 30, 2023 11:22

They were only suspended, with the view they would be reinstated in the top division, unfortunately

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: DGA35 ()
Date: December 31, 2023 00:09

Bit off topic, but Canada sure choked today in the Spengler Cup semi final in Davos. Up 3-2 with about 4 minutes left, let in 3 late goals to lose! TSN here in Canada shows both World Juniors and Spengler Cup over the holidays.
I don't usually watch the Spengler unless Canada is in the finals but tuned into the third period of this game. Didn't recognize any of the players but coach Bruce Boudreau coached the Vancouver Canucks last year.
The team that beat them, Dynamo Pardubice is from the Czech Republic. They play Davos in the finals tomorrow. Heard they've never won before so I'll cheer for them.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 06:20

Bruce Boudreau of "Slap Shot" fame! winking smiley

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 06:46

So Latvia beats Germany and keeps their quarter finals hopes alive. But if either Finland or Germany get just one point in their last games tonight, Latvia is out.

Switzerland beats Norway and advances, while Norway is going to the relegation round.

Lots of hockey right around New Years with the last round robin games at the U20 followed by the Winter Classic in Seattle tomorrow!



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 17:41

Currently hate-watching the Finns crap the bed against Sweden.

All kinds of time still, of course.



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 18:02

And they tied it with the goalie pulled!

This is the WJC at its finest.

Shootout win for the Finns, and they finn-ish with 5 pts in the group. This means Germany has to beat Canada to make it to the quarters

Meanwhile at Frölundaborg, USA just destroyed the Slovaks 10-2.

CZR and SUI are playing for 3rd place of their group. The winner of that game will face Canada, while the loser is slated to play against Sweden.



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: ohmercy61 ()
Date: December 31, 2023 18:43

Just woke up thanks for the update in usa vs Slovakia..I do not have nhl network so I'm not watching I watched the bruins beat nj jast night. I'm going to whl game tonite wenatchee wild the team matthew savoie and Connor geekie from team canada play on.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 21:39

Canada and Germany tied 2-2 early on in the second.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: sf37 ()
Date: December 31, 2023 21:51

Can someone please clarify why Germany needs a point in today's game against Canada in order to avoid the relegation game against Norway? Even without a point today, Germany's GF/GA is most likely to be superior to Latvia's (even though both Germany and Latvia would be tied with 3 points each, based on a win apiece).

Is it because that Latvia defeated Germany head-to-head that Latvia gets the nod over Germany in qualifying for the final 8? Thank you....and Happy New Year, all!

Ride like the wind at double speed.....

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 21:56

Yes, the first tiebreaker is the game they played against each other.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: December 31, 2023 21:57

Looks like the QFs I will be seeing on Tuesday are CAN-CZE and SWE-SUI.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: sf37 ()
Date: December 31, 2023 22:00

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Topi
Yes, the first tiebreaker is the game they played against each other.

Thank you, Topi! Much appreciated!

Ride like the wind at double speed.....

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: January 1, 2024 00:05

Game misconduct, and most probably a suspension, for Conor Geekie after 6 seconds into the game against Germany. Checking to the head. Celebrini in Canada is a really good player.
Germany and Norway in the relegation game. Germany the better team of the two - but you never know. Quarterfinals are now decided and will be played on January 2:

Sweden - Switzerland
Slovakia - Finland
USA - Latvia
Canada - Czechia

My guess: USA - Canada in one semifinal and Sweden - Finland in the other one. The most even QF is probably the one between Finland and Slovakia. Czechia may put Canada to the test also.

Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Topi ()
Date: January 1, 2024 00:21

Isn't there reseeding though? So Canada cannot meet USA in the semis.

[www.iihf.com]

It's not a bracket.



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Re: OT: 2024 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: January 1, 2024 01:18

Maybe you're right, Topi. We'll see. Happy New Year by the way!

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