The Three Stars of HBO's 24/7 Premiere

Written by Frank Castaldi on .

Unless the place you call home happens to be under a rock, you most likely tuned into HBO's presentation of 24/7 Flyers-Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, tonight. Since last year's version featuring the Penguins and Capitals gave us such a great look at the various personalities on each team, we here at THS decided to install a little weekly feature following each episode of 24/7.

Much like the three stars awarded to the players following each NHL game (unless it's an Islanders home game, when the three stars are automatically given to the three unfortunate souls that actually attended), we will honor three people who we felt had the best performance on each episode!

Team Canada: Nobody Beats the Vis?

Written by Brian McCormack on .

After two periods of the Gold Medal game last January, Canada had 3-0 stranglehold on Team Russia in Buffalo, looking to avenge their first Gold-less tournament in six years. All was going to plan for Team Canada, that is until they surrendered five goals to a Russian team that was all but invisible for the two previous periods.

Mark Visentin, Canada's hero-turned-goat in goal, allowed all five in one of the greatest collapses in the history of Canadian hockey. Yet in two weeks, Team Canada will take the ice in Calgary and the gold medal hopes will once again rest on Visentin's play between the pipes.

The Canadians released their roster for the 2012 World Junior Championships on Wednesday morning and Mark Visentin, last season’s backup-turned-starter, tops the bill. He’ll be backed up by Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth, OHL), a 2010 third-round pick of the NJ Devils.

Jack Campbell's New Mask Reeks of American Awesomeness

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Jack Campbell, who will be USA Hockey's starting goaltender for the third year in a row at the World Junior Championships later this month, just unveiled his new beauty of a mask on Twitter. Give it a look, I dare you to contain your swelling American pride:

I don't know about you, but I'm taking the rest of the day off, grabbing a bottle of Jack and watching Rocky IV, Team America: World Police and Red Dawn in succession. Then I'll top it off with some McDonald's and a taping of the 2010 WJC Gold Medal Game.

You remember that game, right? I know Canada does. It's the one where Campbell came in relief and led the Americans to a stunning 6-5 overtime victory on Canadian soil thanks to John "American Hero" Carlson's short-side wrister that beat Martin Jones and gave the US its second WJC Gold Medal and first since 2004, when they also beat Canada.

This year's tournament will also be on Canuck turf, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta from December 26 through January 2. For all those of you planning out your New Year's Eve, be advised Captain America and his crew take on the Canadians at 7 p.m. EST. So, uh, looks like we'll all be celebrating before the ball drops this year.

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