World Junior Championship with ESPN’s Chris Peters, holiday tournament preview: USCHO Game of the Week epidode 11

The eyes of hockey fans have turned to the World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. We get a preview of that tournament that is raising awareness of NCAA hockey, not just in the U.S., but around the world, from ESPN NHL draft and prospects analyst Chris Peters.

In college hockey, a number of holiday tournaments are on tap. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger preview those, including the Desert Hockey Classic, with Arizona State coach Greg Powers joining the podcast.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit for more information.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.


    • The fact that questions like this have to be asked due to non-conference conference games is the reason why I am not happy about expansion & lowering the number of league games. Also the new tourney format where everyone gets a participation trophy.

      • …absolutely agree re everyone making the tournament; it is thoroughly asinine, having a cheapening effect on the regular season. At most, the bottom four teams should be excluded, leaving an eight team field. Let’s make the regular season actually MEAN something!!

  1. Go back to ONLY 8 Teams make the Playoffs…or to add a little spice have a play in game between #8 & #9 to face the #1 Team.


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