Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! This has felt like the longest day of my life. We didn’t do much for Christmas this year (see: COVID) so I went on a 4-hour drive to Wisconsin and back, then took a big ass nap. Pretty good Christmas in my book though because I love going on a drive and sleeping.
The one thing I hate about Christmas is there’s no hockey on, especially this year. BUT we have something to look forward to tomorrow. The beginning of the World Juniors. Yes, I am still pissed about the U18 Women’s Worlds but I am still excited for this Championship.
Tomorrow, the US will take on Slovakia in Game 1 of the World Juniors. The roster is great, here’s a look at it:
They’ve got a good cast of repeat players, strong new upcoming kids to fill places. They did lose their pre-tournament game against Finland but it was just 3-4 in Overtime, here’s the recap. They’ll have to tighten their belts heading into this game against Slovakia. Slovakia has some top prospects on their roster – Martin Chromiak, Jakub Demek, Samuel Knazko – and a couple years back the team even ended up going home with a Bronze. I think if this US team keeps their wits about them, they should beat Slovakia no problem. Last year they started with a loss to Russia before coming back to win gold so if shit hits the fan it’s not a horrible thing. BUT starting off winning is always welcome.
Starting at 1PM CT we’ll have an action-packed day of hockey, the US brings up the ringer at 8:30PM CT. I’ll be here covering all of it so follow along.
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