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World Juniors Kickoff Wednesday

Sunday, 12.23.2007 / 5:00 PM / Features
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World Juniors Kickoff Wednesday
The 2008 World Junior Championship kicks off on Wednesday morning in the Czech Republic, with Team USA facing off against Kazakhstan and Team Sweden doing battle with Slovakia.

Colorado Avalanche prospects Mike Carman and Kevin Montgomery were selected to the U.S. National Junior Team, while Johan Alcen will suit up for Team Sweden.

The World Juniors, also known as the World Under-20 Championship, annually hosts the best under-20 hockey players in the world.  This year’s tournament will take place in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

During the tournament, www.ColoradoAvalanche.com will provide feature stories from the Czech Republic on its prospects.

Team Sweden will play its preliminary round games in Group A, while Team USA will be situated in Group B.

NHL Network in the U.S. will air live HD coverage of the medal round of the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, including both quarterfinal games, both semifinal contests, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game.

A live audiocast of all Team USA games in the World Junior Championship will be available at USAHockey.com. USAHockey.com will also provide in-depth coverage of Team USA at the World Junior Championship, including exclusive, behind-the-scenes video content via its free All-Access Pass.

Canadian viewers can catch all of Team Canada’s contests, along with all medal round games, on TSN. In addition, Team Canada’s games will be streamed live via TSN Broadband at www.tsn.ca.

Colorado’s fourth selection (third round, 81st overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, Carman will be making his second appearance with the U.S. National Junior Team.  The Augusta, Ga., native played in all seven games for the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 2007 World Junior Championship, recording one goal.

Carman, who is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, did not play for the Gophers during the first semester after being ruled academically ineligible.  The 19-year-old forward will resume playing with the Gophers at the conclusion of the World Juniors. Carman recorded 20 points (9g/11a) in 41 games as a freshman at Minnesota in 2006-07.

Montgomery is currently playing for London of the Ontario Hockey League, where he leads all Knights defensemen in scoring with 26 points (6g/20a) in 34 games.  Colorado’s fifth selection (fourth round, 110th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, Montgomery began the 2006-07 season with Ohio State University (CCHA) before joining London on Dec. 11, 2006. The Rochester, N.Y., native will be making his first appearance with the U.S. National Junior Team.

Alcen, who was Colorado’s ninth selection (seventh round, 195th overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, has recorded two goals and eight assists in 19 games with Brynas IF.

Schedule – Colorado Avalanche Prospects
at 2008 World Junior Championship

Date          Contest                                       Venue                    Time (Local/MT)
Dec. 26    USA vs. Kazakhstan                  Tipsport Arena      4 p.m./8 a.m.
                  Sweden vs. Slovakia                 CEZ Arena             4 p.m./8 a.m.
Dec. 28    USA vs. Switzerland                   Tipsport Arena     6 p.m./10 a.m.
                  Sweden vs. Denmark                CEZ Arena            6 p.m./10 a.m.
Dec. 29    USA vs. Russia                           Tipsport Arena     8 p.m./Noon
                  Sweden vs. Canada                   CEZ Arena            8 p.m./Noon
Dec. 31    USA vs. Finland                           Tipsport Arena     6 p.m./10 a.m.
                  Sweden vs. Czech Republic     CEZ Arena            2 p.m./6 a.m.
Jan. 2       Quarterfinals                                CEZ Arena            TBD
Jan. 4       Semifinals                                    CEZ Arena            TBD
Jan. 5       Gold/Bronze Medal Games       CEZ Arena            TBD
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