2014 WJC To Be Televised On NHL Network

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Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

 

With the New York Islanders struggling and attention and interest beginning to grow weary among even the most loyal of the fanbase, attention turns to the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) tournament for amateurs under 20 years of age representing their respective countries.

As part of a television agreement, those with the NHL Network will be able to enjoy 18 games of this action packed competition, featuring some of the top young stars of the game who could feature predominately in the National Hockey League in upcoming seasons.

Per the NHL Network official site, “Steve Mears, co-host of NHL Network’s NHL Live, will provide the play-by-play along with NCAA/junior hockey analyst Dave Starman. TV/radio host Jill Savage will serve as the rink-side reporter.”

“NHL.com will provide a live stream of all Team USA tournament games (available only in the U.S.) as well as the latest information from the tournament, including news, recaps and select game highlights.”

“In 2013, the United States took home gold by defeating defending champion Sweden, 3-1, in the final. That earned Team USA its third medal from the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, to go with gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011.”

One of my most cherished memories most recently from this tournament is watching from my home in 2010 when John Carlson, now a major contributor to the Washington Capitals blueline, scored in overtime to lift Team USA over Team Canada in the final to capture the gold medal the boys in red, white and blue.

Edmonton Oilers star Jordan Eberle was named MVP of that tournament and Carlson’s game winner beat Los Angeles Kings star rookie goaltender, Martin Jones.

The local teams are represented on team USA by Stefan Matteau and Steven Santini of the New Jersey Devils and Brady Skjei of the New York Rangers. The Islanders do not have any representation.

Adam Pelech and Griffin Reinhart will represent the Islanders however on the team Canada roster.

Here is the complete TV schedule for the tournament and I would highly recommend everyone tuning in to see some great amateur hockey action.

GAME

TIME

Thursday, 12/26

Germany vs. Canada

7:30 am ET

CzechRepublic vs. USA*

11:30 am ET

Friday, 12/27

Slovakia vs. Germany

9 am ET

Saturday, 12/28

USA vs. Slovakia*

7:30 am ET

Canada vs. CzechRepublic

11:30 am ET

Sunday, 12/29

Germany vs. USA*

9 am ET

Monday, 12/30

CzechRepublic vs. Germany

7:30 am ET

Canada vs. Slovakia

11:30 am ET

Tuesday, 12/31

Slovakia vs. CzechRepublic

7:30 am ET

USA vs. Canada*

11:30 am ET

Thursday, 1/2

Quarterfinal

6 am ET

Quarterfinal

8:30 am ET

Quarterfinal

11:00 am ET

Quarterfinal

1:30 pm ET

Saturday, 1/4

Semifinal

9 am ET

Semifinal

1 pm ET

Sunday, 1/5

Bronze Medal

9 am ET

Gold Medal

1 pm ET

* also streamed live on NHL.com

 

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