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While the best teenagers on the planet were playing for the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, USA Hockey was putting the final touches on its Olympic roster. When the National Hockey League decided to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey knew that there would be 25 great stories when it unveiled its roster. Two of those stories have Buffalo connection…

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The 2018 World Junior Championship is down to the final eight teams. With the preliminary round in the rearview mirror, it's win and move on. One team from each preliminary round group was eliminated -- Denmark in Group A and Belarus in Group B. The remaining teams will all play Tuesday in a four-game slate featuring three battles at KeyBank Center and one at HarborCent…

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NEW YORK — The NHL is looking to strike a balance into its choices of teams and sites for the Winter Classic. That's been its party line for a while and what deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated Friday when he visited New Era Field during the World Junior Championships' outdoor game. Getting the Sabres back into the game for the second time is nice and staging it in…

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So when the World Junior Championship is over, do the Sabres even have to let Casey Mittelstadt go back to the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Heck, can they sign him up to head to New York for Monday's Winter Classic after he meets Finland here on Sunday? Joking obviously. But he could help right now. And the SickMitts Kid should be playing for real in Buffalo come October. You …

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The U.S., reeling from an upset loss to Slovakia Thursday night, rallied to beat archrival Canada, 4-3, in a shootout in the first outdoor game in the history of hockey's World Junior Championship Friday at New Era Field. After the game, the reaction was swift from fans of both teams on social media. http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/29/u-s-writes-a-snow-globe-storybook…

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Casey Mittelstadt is making plenty of friends in Buffalo, but even his heroics couldn't save Team USA from a 3-2 upset loss to Slovakia in the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship. It appeared Mittelstadt single-handily halted disaster with a highlight reel equalizer after Slovakia took a 2-1 lead in the final five minutes of the third. It turns out, he ju…

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Team USA's practice at New Era Field on Wednesday was a testament to the difficulty of keeping ice in good condition in 12-degree weather. Players and staff placed water bottles over divots in the ice throughout practice, steering skaters away from particularly beat up areas. There were around 10 scattered around the rink when the Zamboni was called out. Defenseman Q…

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Casey Mittelstadt didn't want the focus to be on him as he and Team USA arrived in Buffalo for the World Junior Championship. But the attention is inevitable with the Sabres having selected Mittelstadt as their No. 1 pick in the NHL draft last June. Team USA practiced at KeyBank Center on Monday. Check out this video of him scoring an incredible goal as the team practic…

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Team Canada World Juniors history: Canada is the winningest country in World Juniors history with 30 medals. Canada has 16 golds, nine silvers, and five bronze. Last year's silver medal was a sting as Canada lost to the U.S., 5-4, in a shootout on home soil. Canada's last gold was in 2015. Coach: Dominique Ducharme Key players: Canada returns seven players from la…

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Here are a handful of players to keep your eyes on, especially if you are a Sabres fan, during the World Junior Championship in Buffalo: Joey Anderson, United States. Named the captain for Team USA, he returns to the World Juniors lineup after picking up two assists in last year's run to the gold medal. The 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Duluth was…

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Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist in the United States’ 3-1 pre-tournament victory against Sweden in Erie, Pa. Mittelstadt opened the scoring six minutes into the game, beating the Swedish goalie with a glove-side wrist shot on the power play. Kailer Yamamoto scored the game winner, collecting a rebound following a Mittelstadt shot. Fellow…

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DENVER — Jason Botterill has a method to building an organizational culture that was familiar to Pittsburgh farmhands playing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and is now getting translated to Sabres prospects in Rochester. The idea is for players to grow up through the system and then win Stanley Cups like they did with the Penguins. Scott Wilson is an example and he joined the…

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As expected, Casey Mittelstadt, the Buffalo Sabres top draft choice in 2017, made the preliminary roster for the United States for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Men's Championship. USA Hockey announced the 28 players on the preliminary roster Tuesday night. Twenty-three will make the final roster and represent the U.S. later this month in Buffalo. Mittelstadt is tie…

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Casey Mittelstadt's introduction to college hockey is going well – very well. The Sabres' first-round pick has points in eight of his nine games for Minnesota, including a goal Saturday night in the Gophers' 4-0 victory over Michigan State. The freshman scored his third goal after forcing a turnover, getting open in the slot and picking his spot. https://twitter.com/…

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After living up to the hype at Buffalo Sabres development camp in July, first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt has continued an impressive summer since being taken No. 8 overall in the 2017 draft. "Casey Mittelstadt is a stud," NHL Network's Mike Kelly wrote. "Puck seemingly follows him around the ice and a few NHL guys raved about his skill level." https://twitter.com/M…