Хроника Хоккея
2002-2003

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Canada's in hunt, but many saying a gold is unlikely ; Russia considered favourite to win Finland also a top medal contender
26.12.2002. Campbell, Ken. Toronto Star.

Most observers predict Russia, Finland and Canada will battle for the medals at this year's world junior championship, and, in reality, a good number of them think Canada's gold medal drought will be extended to six years. Here's how each team looks. They're listed by seeding in their group. Group A will play all its preliminary games in Cape Breton, while Group B will play in Halifax. All playoff and medal-round games will be held in Halifax.

GROUP A

RUSSIA

Last year: Won gold medal.

Coach: Rafail Ishmatov.

Leaf prospect: D Maxim Kondratiev.

Watch for 2003 draft: LW Nikolai Zherdev.

Big gun: C Alexander Ovechkin is just 17 years old, but people are already comparing him to the likes of Pavel Bure. Right now, he's the odds-on favourite to go No. 1 overall in the 2004 draft.

The skinny: The Russians are big, skilled and return about half their gold medal team from last year. They have to be considered the favourite.

SWITZERLAND

Last year: Fourth place.

Coach: Jacob Kolliker.

Leaf prospects: None.

Watch for 2003 draft: LW Victor Stancescu.

Big gun: Goalie Tobias Stephan was brilliant for the Swiss last year in their surprising run to the bronze medal game. Beat Forster is the physical leader on defence.

The skinny: If the Swiss make it as far as they did last year, it will not be as big a surprise. Much of the team has stayed together and the team is on the rise.

UNITED STATES

Last year: Fifth place.

Coach: Lou Vairo.

Leaf prospects: None.

Watch for 2003 draft: LW Dustin Brown, C Zach Parise, C Pat O'Sullivan, D Ryan Suter, D Mark Stuart, C Pat Eaves, RW Ryan Kesler, LW Gino Guyer, RW Greg Moore, LW Brett Sterling, G James Howard.

Big gun: Suter, nephew of former NHLer Gary Suter, is being touted as a future NHL star.

The skinny: The Americans were undefeated last year until they met Russia in the quarter-final. They have traditionally disappointed in this tournament. It would not be a surprise if they challenged for a medal, nor would it be a shock if they faltered.

SLOVAKIA

Last year: Eighth place.

Coaches: Robert Spicak, Jozef Frahauf.

Leaf prospects: G Jan Chovan, LW Ivan Kolozvary.

Watch for 2003 draft: RW Martin Sagat.

Big gun: Igor Pohanka is a skilled centre who is playing in the Western Hockey League. His rights were dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim by the New Jersey Devils as part of the deal that sent Jeff Friesen and Oleg Tverdovsky to New Jersey for Petr Sykora.

The skinny: For a country that has developed so many skilled NHL players, the Slovaks have not translated that to juniors success. They're not expected to be a force this year.

BELARUS

Last year: Ninth place.

Coach: Vladimir Melenchuk.

Leaf prospects: None.

Watch for 2003 draft: LW Andrei Kastsitsyn, C Konstantin Zakharu.

Big gun: Andrei Kastsitsyn will likely go in the middle of the first round of this year's NHL draft. He has good speed.

The skinny: Belarus is improving, but it will likely be life and death to stay out of the B Pool.

GROUP B

CANADA

Last year: Silver medal.

Coach: Marc Habscheid.

Leaf prospects: D Carlo Colaiacovo, D Ian White, D Brendan Bell, C Kyle Wellwood, C Matt Stajan.

Watch for 2003 draft: G Marc-Andre Fleury.

Big gun: Minnesota Wild centre Pierre-Marc Bouchard was not terribly impressive during the final selection camp, but will be counted on to create offence.

The skinny: Canada is small and skilled with unproven goaltending, but should be right there with Finland and Russia in the hunt for gold. Home ice will be a big advantage.

FINLAND

2002 result: Bronze medal.

Coach: Erkka Westerlund.

Leaf prospects: None.

Watch for 2003 draft: D Tommi Pelkonen, D Janne Jalasvaara, RW Matti Naatanen.

Big gun: Kari Lehtonen, who went second overall to the Atlanta Thrashers last June, led Jokerit to the Finnish League championship. He has the potential to win gold on his own.

The skinny: Losing Mikko Koivu to an elbow infection was a big blow, but other studs such as defenceman Joni Pitkanen and Tuomo Ruttu (arguably the best prospect outside the NHL) will make the Finns strong.

SWEDEN

Last year: Sixth place.

Coach: Peo Larsson.

Leaf prospect: C Alexander Steen.

Watch for 2003 draft: C Robert Nilsson, D Tobias Enstrom.

Big gun: The Swedes don't really have one, but Alexander Steen is performing well in a regular role in the Swedish Elite League.

The skinny: The Swedes have fallen on hard times in this event and aren't expected to challenge this year.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Last year: Seventh place.

Coach: Jaroslav Holik.

Leaf prospect: D David Turon.

Watch for 2003 draft: LW Michal Michalek, LW Vojtek Polak, D Michal Barinka, RW Kamil Kreps.

Big gun: Jiri Hudler accomplished little in the juniors as a 17- year-old last year, but the Detroit Red Wings prospect should shine this year. He's starring in the Czech League.

The skinny: A former power in this event, the Czechs will be eager to redeem themselves after a sub-par performance on home ice. They could be a dark horse.

GERMANY

Last year: Won B pool.

Coach: Ernst Hofner.

Leaf prospects: None.

Watch for 2003 draft: D Alexander Sulzer, C Yannick Seidenberg.

Big gun: Defenceman Marcel Goc was picked 20th overall by San Jose in 2001, while fellow defenceman Alexander Sulzer has an outside shot of going in the first round this year.

The skinny: In all likelihood, Germany will play Belarus to see who stays in the A Pool for next year's tournament.

Первая страничка молодежных чемпионатов мира 2003 года
КАРТА ТУРНИРА
Подгруппа А - подробнее
Россия, Швейцари, США, Словакия, Белоруссия
Подгруппа В - подробнее
Канада, Финляндия, Чехия, Швеция, Германия
За 7-10 места - подробнее
Швейцария, Швеция, Германия, Белоруссия
1/4 финала - подробнее
США - Чехия
Финляндия - Словакия
1/2 финала - подробнее
Россия - Финляндия
Канада - США
Финал - подробнее
За 5 место. Словакия - Чехия
За 3 место. США - Финляндия
За 1 место. Канада - Россия
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