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Worldcup 2013


Dear hockey fan,

We are pleased to announce the third edition of the Junior (U20) Club World Cup to be held under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) from 24 to 31 August 2013. According to Dmitri Yefimov, MHL Commissioner, Omsk will be hosting this relatively new competition for the last time as it will further be moved to different Russian cities for more exposure.

Instead of the last year’s 10 teams there will be only 8. However, this is the case of quantity giving way to quality. Norway and Denmark junior national teams that had placed last in their respective qualification groups would not compete this time, only the strongest squads stay on. Moreover, this time the USA Hockey has delegated not the finalist team but full-fledged reigning USHL Champs Dubuque Fighting Saints (last year it was Waterloo Blackhawks).

North America will further be represented by Canada’s Sudbury Wolves, last year’s winners. Wolves are not the strongest OHL team; they were able only to make Conference semifinals. Anyway, Ontario is considered by far the most competitive league in hockey’s birth place.

 

European countries will be represented by Vitkovice of Czech Republic, HV-71 of Sweden and HPK of Finland.

As in the last year’s tournament, MHL will be represented by Dynamo-Shinnik of Belarus and HC Riga, Latvia completing the set-up. Russia will again be represented by Omsk Hawks, the ruling Kharlamov Cup winners who, by way of good luck, will be playing on their home ice again.

Last year, the Omsk team gravely disappointed local fans by failing even to qualify for the play-off stage upset by Dynamo Shinnik 1-2. Yevgeni Kornoukhov’s guys later defeated Norwegians and the Czechs but got demolished by Waterloo Blackhawks 3-7. As said Valeri Gorshkov, the Omsk team’s forward, his team lost through “wrong tactics” but “made proper conclusions.” 

- We have to think more about defense, Gorshkov went on. No big changes on attacking patterns though, may be do a better job around the net. But the key thing is defense, as wingers, centers should be more active defensively. He also noted fans’ great support.  “After the failure they tried to charge us with positive emotions: nothing too terrible happened, guys”.  Really good fans, ready to support in joy and in misery.

Conclusions look right: last season Omsk Hawks allowed much less goals than any other MHL team, staged an impressive winning streak (11 games) and won the Kharlamov Cup for the second consecutive year. At the upcoming World Cup they will again meet the American team in the group stage matchup. Will they be able to take the sweet revenge?


Junior Club World Cup Winners

2011. 1. Red Army, Moscow,  2. Energie, Czech Republic. Third place was not contested as the group winners qualified for the final.

2012. 1. Sudbury Wolves, Canada 2. Waterloo Black Hawks, USA. 3. Linköping, Sweden.

 

World Cup-2013 Arenas :

- Arena Omsk (10.318 seats).

- Viktor Blinov Memorial Sports Complex (5.800 seats).

 

JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESS SERVICE