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With Canada being perhaps the main driving force for the popularity of the World Junior Hockey Championship, it's a no-brainer for the Canadians to be selected to play in the first ever outdoor game in the history of the tournament. While it would've been even more fitting for the all-time winningest team in the event's history to have emerged triumphant in a signature …

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As you might imagine, the NHL is putting on a happy face even though it has one of its bottom feeders in the Winter Classic come Monday in New York. But, in fact, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the Buffalo Sabres will remain in the conversation to be a part of future outdoor games. The Sabres will be last in the Eastern Conference heading into the game against the N…

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Who: USA vs. Canada What: World Junior Championship, Group A game. First outdoor game in World Juniors history. Where: New Era Field When: Friday, 3 p.m. Gates open: 1:30 p.m. Parking lots: Open at noon; close two hours after the game TV: NHL Network. TV coverage begins at 2 p.m. Attendance: Crowd of more than 40,000 expected, setting the record for a …

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New Era Field hosted the Bills' final home regular season game two weeks ago. The transformation then began to ice rink in time for Friday's USA vs. Canada game in the World Junior Championship. Here is a time lapse look at how it happened: https://twitter.com/WJCinBUF/status/946478392588886016

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UPDATED The World Junior Championship game between Team USA and Team Canada on Friday will remain outdoors at New Era Field. Game time is 3 p.m. The committee that needed to give its final approval for the game did so during a brief meeting Thursday afternoon. Projections call for a game-time temperature of 6 degrees with the wind chill making it feel like 4 degre…

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It's the day after Christmas, a holiday they call "Boxing Day" on the other side of the Peace Bridge. We've got the greatest under-20 hockey players in the world in our midst for the next 10 days. I should be in a good mood. The World Junior Championship was the bomb when it made its debut here seven years ago. So why am I thinking this event's boom is going to go bust …

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It was an uneven start to the World Junior Championship for Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Finland's No. 1 goaltender  is thrilled to be back in Buffalo, where  he impressed fans at development camp in July after the Sabres drafted him in the second round in June in Chicago.  Wearing his trademark orange gloves and pads we saw over  the summer, he would have liked  to have put o…

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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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Brayden Schenn, Canada/St. Louis Blues: The tourney's top scorer finished with eight goals and 18 points in the seven games. Scored to give Canada a 3-0 lead over Russia in the gold medal game on an assist from future Sabres winger Marcus Foligno but it was the last goal his team would score before losing the game, 5-3. Had three 20-goal seasons with Philadelphia before be…

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Team Belarus World Juniors history: There's not much at the top level. The best finish for Belarus, which made its debut at the top level of U-20 competition in 1998, was ninth place in 2001 and 2002. They enter this tournament after winning gold in the 2017 Division I tournament to earn a promotion. At that tournament, they won four of their five games with their only …

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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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The Buffalo Sabres are going to be out of town for much of the World Junior Championship, with Tuesday's initial set of four games one of the few chances they'll have to check out the action at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. The tourney's opening is a flashback for many members on the team. Defenseman Jake McCabe, for one, captained Team USA to its 2013 title in Ufa, …

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What: 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship When: Dec. 26-Jan. 5 Where: 23 games at Key Bank Center; seven games at HarborCenter; outdoor game at New Era Field on Friday (3 p.m.) Participating teams: Group A – United States, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland. Group B – Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus. Co…

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Seven years ago, there was a lot of curiosity when the World Junior Championship hit town for the first time. We didn't know what we would see. Now, a lot of us know what to expect. Trust me on this one: Get ready for a wild 10 days downtown. And a crazy afternoon out in Orchard Park. The Swedes, the Finns and the Russians will always put on a good show. There will b…

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As part of the NHL's 100-year anniversary, the league sponsored an online vote for the greatest moment of its first century of play and the bracket-style "tournament" was an interesting process to follow. Just think of all the things that got notice. Bobby Orr's flying-through-the-air goal that won the 1970 Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky's 50 goals in 39 games. Or his 77th …