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Junior hockey is more than a holiday diversion in Canada
Junior hockey is more than a holiday diversion in Canada

Once a small tournament considered a diversion during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the World Junior Championship has become an obsession in hockey-obsessed Canada. According to the National Post newspaper, nearly a half-million people tuned in to TSN to watch an exhibition between Canada and Russia last week. Nine of the top 15 specialty TV programs TSN has aired are World Junior Championship games, and 6.1 million people tuned in to see Russia beat Canada for the gold medal in the 2011 tournament at Buffalo. This year's tournament began Friday, on the Boxing Day holiday. Games will be played at Montreal's Bell Centre and Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and the...

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