The IIHF World Junior Championship gets under way today in Alberta, Canada.
The tournament features 10 teams divided into two groups for the preliminary round, which will last a week. Games will be played in both Edmonton and Calgary over the next two weeks.
Russia enters the 2012 WJC as the defending champions and will certainly have a target on their back. Nail Yakupov, the consensus top prospect in the 2012 NHL draft, will be skating with the Russians again, this year looking for a repeat of the gold medal effort a year ago.
Canada and the United States have also put together talented rosters with a handful of high-end prospects and draft-eligible players.
Canada and Finland will drop the first puck this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.