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Canada favored against tough junior field

Originally Published: December 23, 2004
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

If it's true to suggest North America's hockey community has been starving for action, it's about to enjoy a bountiful buffet with the start of the World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn.

Beginning Christmas Day and continuing through the gold-medal game on Jan. 4, the world's best under-20 players will gather for the annual event.

The NHL lockout means that rosters are chock full of NHL draft picks, some of whom would otherwise be playing in the ...

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