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Minnesota Wild prospect and Plymouth resident Mario Lucia is representing Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Today, the U.S. beat Team Germany, 8-0, in the team’s opening game. The NHL Network will broadcast, and NHL.com is live streaming, all of Team USA’s games. Wild.com will have all of America’s highlights, including today’s win over Germany. Minnesota prospect Christoph Bertschy is at the tournament playing for Team Switzerland (via Wild.com).
If you can’t make it to Russia for the New Year, hockey fans can catch some local action at the 12th annual Schwan Cup hockey tournament. More than 100 teams on both the boy’s and girl’s side will compete in the tournament, which started yesterday and concludes on Saturday, Dec. 29 (via Bart Archer, Minnesota Hockey Magazine.com).
If you were late to jump on the Schwan Cup bandwagon, St. Thomas Academy, the No. 1 ranked Class 1A school, beat Edina, the No. 1 ranked Class 2A school, in overtime on a stellar end-to-end rush by Tom Novak. We’ll let it slide this time, as Breakdown Sports was there to capture the game winner (via YouTube).
There are a number of college hockey tournaments this weekend, including the Mariucci Classic featuring Minnesota, Air Force, Alabama-Huntsville and Boston College (via USCHO.com).
One of Minnesota Hockey’s most decorated couples might be trying to start a hockey dynasty. Krissy Pohl, known by many in the State of Hockey as Krissy Wendell a two-time Olympian, and John Pohl, a former Gopher and NHLer, are coaching girls’ hockey at Cretin-Derham Hall, and have three young daughters at home (via David La Vaque, MN Girls Hockey Hub).