Saturday, December 24, 2011

2012 WJC Predictions...

Yes, I want Team Canada to win the gold medal!

It's always fun to prognosticate when this annual tournament takes place. For the third year in a row, the champion will be crowned on North American ice. It will be interesting to see if the Saddledome in Calgary is actually full if Team Canada does not qualify for the gold medal game.

Who will win the tournament? Do you believe in miracles?

(Speed, skill, size and more speed. Plus, head coach Dean Blais knows how to win this tournament in Canada)
SILVER:  Russia
(Defending champs playing in Canada will galvanize the troops. Add in the high-end offensive skills, Russia could actually repeat)
BRONZE:  Canada
(This age group played in a relegation game at the 2010 U18 Championship. Yikes! But the lunch bucket brigade could prove me wrong in Alberta)

4th: Sweden
5th: Finland
6th: Slovakia
7th: Czech Republic
8th: Switzerland

9th: Latvia
10th: Denmark

Another couple of curious tidbits:
1. Will an all-time WJC attendance record be set between the cities of Edmonton and Calgary?
2. How much will the 50/50 draws payout?

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