World Juniors Update
By: Jeff Little • January 2nd, 2009
After Canada prevailed over the USA, 7 – 4, in their highly anticipated battle to end pool play, they enjoy a bye into the semis, as does Sweden, who had a surprisingly easy time in beating Russia 5 – 0. Today, the US takes on Slovakia for the right to go against Sweden, while Canada awaits the winner of the Russia — Czech Republic quarterfinal. The puck drops for the US at 3:30 PM EST, and for Russa at 7:30 PM.
Both semi-final matches are on Saturday, with the Championship and 3rd place games on Monday.
The CBJ have deployed some scouts to Ottawa to catch the action (and perhaps discuss a few Senators’ players?) Despite the shutout at the hands of Sweden, Filatov has played well for Russia, and will be interesting to watch in the match against the Czechs. Don’t forget about Cody Goloubef for Canada and Ted Ruth for the US, both of whom could figure prominently in the Jackets’ future.
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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