It is one of the best tournaments on the sports calendar.
The World Junior Hockey Championship begins today in Malmo, Sweden.
The best hockey players under 20, save for those who are in the NHL, meet for junior hockey glory every year at this time.
It also gives us guys something to watch on TV, other than the Bowl games down south.
But for Canadian hockey fans, we have turned away from our televisions in disgust over the last few years.
Canada did not win a medal last year and it has been 4 long years since we struck gold.
There isn’t a big gap among the hockey heavyweights at this competition.
Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the U-S will be in the mix for a medal.
Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany and Norway round out the 10 team tourney.
Many Canadian hockey fans love watching this tournament because, #1, national pride is on the line.
And secondly, we understand that these guys aren’t getting paid to play, they want to win for themselves and their country.
And that’s what makes the world junior tournament special.