This past weekend the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament began, and the unofficial tryouts for the U20 World Junior Championship teams are under way.

Canada fell to Russia 4-3 in a shootout yesterday, after Niagara IceDogs star and 2018 draft pick Akil Thomas tied the game in the third.

In other opening games, Sweden mopped the floor with the Americans 6-1, Czechs beat the Swiss 6-2, and Finland continued the theme by beating Slovakia 6-1.

Canada faces Finland later today.

In other news....there isn't any?

Go back and read the front page but otherwise it's snoozetown. Leafs camp is still over a month away so let's enjoy the downtime.