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  • Paterson was part of Team Canada in 2013 and '14 (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Paterson was part of Team Canada in 2013 and '14 (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson, who wasn't even supposed to be in junior hockey this season, landed where no expected him to be with the Kitchener Rangers.

    The strongest speculation had the two-time Team Canada goalie, whom the Wings returned to the Saginaw Spirit this season, ending up with a OHL championship contender such as the Erie Otters. Instead, minutes before Thursday's 12 noon ET deadline to trade 20-year-olds, the Kitchener Rangers, who are in a near dead heat with Saginaw for seventh and eighth in the Western Conference, scooped up Paterson for two relatively high OHL priority selection picks.

    Given the circumstances of each franchise, it's not that strange an outcome.

     

    Read More »from Kitchener Rangers add Jake Paterson in bid to be a tough out in OHL playoffs
  • Nick Ritchie #23 skates during the Canada National Junior Team practice. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Nick Ritchie #23 skates during the Canada National Junior Team practice. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
    When the London Knights signalled they were punting on the season, that means the window off opportunity for the rest of the Western Confenence in the OHL is that much more open.

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM Kyle Raftis has clearly decided the time is now. It's not every day a club deals for two players who were just in the world junior championship in separate deals, but the 'Hounds got the OHL's most proficient point-getter on the blueline, Anthony DeAngelo, from the Sarnia Sting mere hours after getting power winger Nick Ritchie from the Peterborough Petes. With overage defenceman Connor Boland included in the Ritchie deal and the trade on Tuesday for the Kitchener Rangers' leading scorer, Justin Bailey, the 'Hounds have gone from being a successful but somewhat young team to one with a lot more seasoning.

    All told, the cost of loading up includes three roster players and a total of at least 10 priority selection draft picks, including seven second-rounders spread from next

    Read More »from Soo Greyhounds trade for Anthony DeAngelo, hours after acquiring Nick Ritchie
  • Russia defenceman Ziyat Paigin, left, reacts with teammate Rinat Valiev (24) after scoring past Sweden during second-period semifinal hockey action at the world junior championships in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)Russia defenceman Ziyat Paigin, left, reacts with teammate Rinat Valiev (24) after scoring past Sweden during second-period semifinal hockey action at the world junior championships in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    It is pretty impossible to defend Zait Paigin on this one, other than to point out it is neither the first nor last time that a teenage hockey player threw his stick at the final buzzer after a loss.

    Here is the crux of it, though. When Canada loses the gold medal at the world junior championship, one hears ad nauseam, only after the fact of course, about how nearly inhuman pressure is put on the 18- and 19-year-old players. By no means should Paigin be exempt from any consequences for what he did in anger, but the same post-hoc principle goes for the other guys' teenage players. In a situation where Team Russia seemed to have adopted an us-against-the-world mentality and came so close to pulling off the upset in a 5-4 loss to Canada, Paigin just went over the edge.

    Global News reported that two fans suffered minor injuries, but there was, contrary to what was out on Twitter, no report filed with Toronto Police Service.


    Courts in Ontario have established that there's a "voluntary

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: In semi-defence of Russia's Zait Paigin flinging his stick into the stands at final buzzer (VIDEO)
  • Canadian players celebrate Canada's 5-4 win over Russia during the gold medal game hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnCanadian players celebrate Canada's 5-4 win over Russia during the gold medal game hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    TORONTO — There it was, their moment of Ben.

    Ten, 15 years from now this Team Canada of superstar Connor McDavid and so many old teenagers — Max Domi, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair, Curtis Lazar, Darnell Nurse, Josh Morrissey, to rhyme off just a half-dozen — might be remembered as a special squad. It will depend on what they go on to do in the NHL. Chances are, what will be retold about the 5-4 gold-medal game win over Team Russia was how quickly they got back on the beam after Russia tallied thrice in in 3½ minutes to stir the ghosts of the Buffalo meltdown exactly four years earlier.

    With coach Benoît Groulx breaking out the tic-tac-tao mantra during a timeout, his players coolly settled in and closed out a resolute Russia. The puck might have been in Canada's end for much of the third period, but it felt safe.

    "That's been our best thing, from Day 1, is pushing out the negatives," said McDavid, whose second-period goal gave the 17-year-old top NHL draft prospect 11 points in seven

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: Team Canada calmed nerves with round of 'tic-tac-tao' at the moment of truth
  • TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 05: Sam Reinhart #23 of Canada fires a shot against Igor Shestyorkin #30 of Russia during the Gold medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on January 05, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 05: Sam Reinhart #23 of Canada fires a shot against Igor Shestyorkin #30 of Russia during the Gold medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on January 05, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

    TORONTO — Team Canada frayed even more than the nation's nerves, yet emerged from a roller-coaster Russian ride with its first world junior gold medal in six years.

    Bad memories of Buffalo in 2011 resurfaced during a second-period collapse that saw Canada give up three goals in fewer than 3½ minutes as Russia got within a goal of equalizing. The young men in red settled down in the final 20, prevailing 5-4 to end their five-year drought. One goal and two assists from Max Domi plus singles from Anthony Duclair, Connor McDavid, Nick Paul and Sam Reinhart gave Canada just enough of a margin. Goalie Zach Fucale made 26 saves.

    In front of red-clad, raucous crowd at Air Canada Centre, Duclair and Paul scored on Canada's first two shots of the game to chase goalie Igor Shestyorkin to the bench. That staked Canada to a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

    Defenceman Josh Morrissey, who was named to the tournament all-star team, sprung McDavid for a breakaway that the 17-year-old phenom converted

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: Canada outlasts Russia 5-4 for gold, ending five-year drought
  • Slovakia players react after defeating Sweden during the third-place game at the hockey World Junior Championship in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)Slovakia players react after defeating Sweden during the third-place game at the hockey World Junior Championship in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    TORONTO — Two weeks before the world junior, betting site Bodog.ca didn't even offer odds on Slovakia winning a medal. Now here they are, after putting their support back home into their hearts.

    Absorbing how their success had made believers in a country often known for self-effacement helped Slovakia stay motivated on Monday and knock off sluggish Sweden 4-2 for its first bronze since 1999. With only two major junior players on the roster — Monday's game-winning goal scorer David Soltes and linchpin Martin Réway, the Montreal Canadiens prospect who had three assists — they left having won some hearts, while goalie Denis Godla will likely win the IIHF's top goaltender of the award. Not bad for a team that lost its first game 8-0.  

    "I don't even have the words for this," forward Samuel Petras said, perma-smile plastered across his face. "It's like every year, the goal was defeat one opponent, like Switzerland and Germany, and just make quarter-finals. So we go through the

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: For Slovakia, first bronze medal in 16 years brings 'indescribable feelings'
  • Canada defenceman Shea Theodore (6) celebrates his goal with teammate Anthony Duclair (10) while playing against Slovakia during second period semifinal hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto on Sunday, January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteCanada defenceman Shea Theodore (6) celebrates his goal with teammate Anthony Duclair (10) while playing against Slovakia during second period semifinal hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto on Sunday, January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    TORONTO — Please join the Buzzing The Net crew for a livechat when Canada faces age-old rival Russia in the final of the world junior hockey championship on Friday at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT.

    McDavid stepping up| Tickets costing a small fortune | Tournament scoreboard 

    Please join Sunaya SapurjiMike SandersonKelly FriesenNeate Sager and the rest of the Yahoo! Jr. Hockey crew to talk all things world junior. Canada, paced by the likes of Connor McDavid, Nic Petan, Max Domi and Sam Reinhart, has outscored opponentsv 34-5 while winning six consecutive games to reach the final. Ever-wily Russia, whose coach Valeri Bragin has nurtured a team with stout defence and goaltending and an opportunistic offence that includes high NHL draft picks such as Ivan Barbashev and Nikolay Goldobin, had the tougher road through the medal round against the United States and Sweden.

    Zach Fucale will start in goal.

    Buzzing The Net has hosted a livechat of all Team Canada games at the world junior since the

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: Canada-Russia gold-medal game chat, Monday 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT!
  • Canada's Nic Petan (19) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game during the third period of semifinal hockey action against Slovakia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Sunday, Jan.4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnCanada's Nic Petan (19) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game during the third period of semifinal hockey action against Slovakia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Sunday, Jan.4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    World junior

    For Team Canada, it's win one for Robby Fabbri. (The Canadian Press)

    Zach Fucale is getting the start in goal. You might have deduced as much. (Toronto Star)

    Connor McDavid admits he's occasionally has "moments of doubts," but I don't believe him. (NBC Sports)

    An allegedly "game worn" McDavid Team Canada jersey has drawn a $17,800 bid on eBay. (SLAM! Sports)

    Russia is kind of good. (Toronto Star)

    Shifting games for the 2017 championship to Quebec City or Toronto seems to be on the table. (Le Soleil, The Hockey News)

    What will the New York Rangers do with Anthony Duclair after the tournament? (Blueshirt Banter)

    WHL

    The Regina Pats moved both their captain and leading scorer, sending 19-year-olds Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt to Central-leading Medicine Hat. (Medicine Hat News, Regina Leader-Post)

    Calgary Flames first-rounder Morgan Klimchuk is settling in well with the Brandon

    Read More »from Fucale gets call for Team Canada, Battalion beef up, Pats send vets to The Hat: the coast-to-coast
  • Canada forward Connor McDavid (17) tries for a wrap around past Slovakia goalie Denis Godla during first period semifinal hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto on Sunday, January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteCanada forward Connor McDavid (17) tries for a wrap around past Slovakia goalie Denis Godla during first period semifinal hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto on Sunday, January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    TORONTO — Try to appreciate that Connor McDavid has gone from rehabbing on his own to showing why he's in a class by himself.

    Portents of the 17-year-old phenom would eventually lead Team Canada at the world junior championship have steadily piled up. McDavid did, after all, dominate the world under-18 two seasons ago against essentially the same players and simply took over for whole shifts during games at the summer development camp in August. Now, after taking time to get up to speed in the tournament thanks to that 40-day layoff with a broken bone in his hand, he's been outstanding for Canada, with five assists across the last three games, including helpers on all three Nic Petan goals in the 5-1 semifinal winner over Slovakia on Sunday night. Of course, there's the small matter of a Monday's gold-medal game against Russia (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, TSN/RDS/Buzzing The Net livechat) to finish writing his legacy.

    "Whenever you come back from an injury — it's hard to explain — it's weird

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: Team Canada's Connor McDavid, Nic Petan and Curtis Lazar provide lift 'in time of need'
  • Canada forward Nic Petan (right) celebrates his goal against Slovakia with teammates Connor McDavid (left) and Curtis Lazar during first period semifinal action at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto on Sunday January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnCanada forward Nic Petan (right) celebrates his goal against Slovakia with teammates Connor McDavid (left) and Curtis Lazar during first period semifinal action at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto on Sunday January 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    TORONTO — It will be Canada against Russia for world junior gold.

    Team Canada broke down Team Slovakia for a 5-1 semifinal win on Sunday, with tournament scoring leader Nic Petan scoring a hat trick that included two top-shelf tallies on setups from top NHL draft prospect Connor McDavid. Defenceman Shea Theodore also buried a breakaway goal during a wild final few minutes of the second period in front of a roaring crowd, as Canada pulled away from a determined underdog and tireless goaltender Denis Godla.

    Fans began to chant, "We want Russia!" around the 11-minute mark of the third period, shortly before Petan potted his hat-trick goal and tournament-leading 11th point.  

    The historical rivals will face off for gold on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. It's the first Canada-Russia final since 2011.

    Read More »from World Junior 2015: Canada beats Slovakia thanks to Nic Petan hat trick, faces Russia for gold on Monday

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