If you live in Canada and even remotely follow hockey, you know what a monolith the World Junior Championship has become. It is Canada’s version of March Madness, and hockey fans basically get two Christmases – the real one on Dec. 25 and Canada’s opening game of the tournament, which always falls on Boxing Day.
Ever wonder how it got this way? Well, the world juniors as we know it today established its roots at the 1991 tournament in Saskatoon. Almost three decades later, you look back to the factors that conspired to make the 1991 event what it was and the growth of the WJC can be directly traced to that tournament in general, and to one game in particular: the gold-medal showdown between Canada and the Soviet Union. TSN had purchased the rights to the World Junior Championship earlier...
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