Are you ready for some hockey? Sure it’s not NHL action – and it is happening several time zones away, but the very popular U20 World Championship tournament is right around the corner! World Junior Championships 2013 will take place in Ufa, Russia this year. Not to rush the last month of the year along, but festivities kick off the day after Christmas, with the first games being played on Boxing Day (December 26th for you non-Canadien readers) and the gold medal game will be played on January 5th, 2013.
This year Group B in the top division is the stud division, with Russia, Canada, United States, Slovakia, and Germany. If your more into the European style of hockey, Division A might be more to your liking, with powerhouses Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic being joined by Switzerland and Latvia.
While the games don’t officially start until December 26th – getting ready for the games is just as important. For team Canada, all eyes will be on the Winsport Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta from December 11th – 15th, as junior players from all across Canada come together to try and bolster a roster that last year failed to make the finals in 11 years, only taking bronze away from the tournament.
The Buffalo Sabres have, according to the list at Sabres Prospects – 13 eligible skaters and goaltenders for the tournament, although not all have a chance or will even be invited.
The list is highlighted by Zemgus Girgensons and Mikhail Grigorenko, and Joel Armia.
Starting Saturday – we will feature player profiles of all 13 eligible Buffalo Sabres prospects and the liklihood of them joining their national u20 in Ufa, Russia.