This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Dec. 31, 2012

In the Dec. 31, 2012 issue of The Hockey News…

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The World Junior Championships are right around the corner and The Hockey News has all your team previews and predictions headed into this star-studded tournament. Find out who we believe will win Gold.

Ken Campbell explores the Canadian goaltending situation heading into this year’s tournament, while Ryan Kennedy looks at the change behind the bench for Team USA after last year’s collapse to seventh. The Preview is all teed up in the Editor’s Notebook.

See who THN predicts to go first through 10th in our team previews for the tournament, as well as an inside look at the host city of Ufa, Russia. THN also counts down the Top 10 Players of All-Time from the World Juniors.

Adam Proteau looks at the value Canada has on the World Juniors and the monster the tournament has become for Canadians. He also touches on top women’s players going into the Hall of Fame and on the NHLPA in his Ask Adam section. 

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We also feature world junior standouts John Slaney and Pavel Kostichkin and there valued history in the tournament.

Inside Hockey examines the leap from junior to the pro’s and how young NHL players are finding massive success in the American League while the NHL lockout is on. We also take a look at the ECHL, which is celebrating its 25th year.

In Prospect Reports, Jaden Schwartz shows poise in the AHL, while Ryan Kennedy takes a look inside the New England and Minnesota high school ranks and the prospects they are turning out.

Backchecking focuses on Brad Park and Beyond the Spotlight looks back at the Toronto Mutual Street Arena.

In Proteau Type, Adam looks at the social media platform NHLers are using this lockout season.

Finally, in Overtime, Ken Campbell talks about the literal price of the world juniors and the difference between watching Team Canada on home ice or traveling with them to Russia.

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