Officially it is called the World U20 Championships, but most people call it the World Juniors. It is the place for young NHL bound stars to shine and make a name for themselves. Past participants in the World Juniors include Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Kane, Jarome Iginla and both Sedins.
Besides being some kick ass hockey to watch, we Americans have a vested interest, we are defending champs. The USA won last year and hopefully we will defend our gold medal.
As Thrashers fans we have two reason to care and they are both Swedish.
First off, one of our newest babies from the 2010 draft, Fredrik Petersson-Wentzel is playing. He has played in one game. Fredrik lead his country to a 7-1 victory over Norway. Fredrik faced 11 shots, making 10 saves.
One of the goal scorers from that game is another reason for Thrasher fans to be excited about the World Juniors Carl Klingberg is also representing Sweden. Carl has played in 2 games during this year's tournament.
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