NUGENT-HOPKINS HELPS CANADA IN EARLY ROUND WINS
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
Oklahoma City Barons centerman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has scored seven points in his first two games at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Nugent-Hopkins, a 6-1, 175-pounder from Burnaby, British Columbia scored five points (1-4-5) in Canada's 9-3 win over Germany and followed that with two points (1-1-2) in their 6-3 win over Slovakia.
Team Canada's next game is a pivotal game in Group B against the U.S.A. in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 30. Faceoff is scheduled for 3:30 a.m. (ct).
Coverage of the game can be seen on NHL Network in the U.S. NHL Network is scheduled to air 10 games from pool play at the 2013 World Junior championship on a live and delayed basis in the United States. NHL Network can be seen in Oklahoma City on channel 263 / 727 (HD) on Cox Cable; channel 215 on DirecTV; channel 157 (HD) / 625 on Dish Network.
Originally the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Nugent-Hopkins was assigned to Oklahoma City in mid-September by the Edmonton Oilers. He has played in 19 games with Oklahoma City and scored 20 points (8-12-20).
At 19 years of age, Nugent-Hopkins is representing his country at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-20 tournament known as the World Junior Championship as captain for Team Canada. Nine players on the Barons roster have represented their countries in the World Junior Championships. They included Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Colten Teubert, Olivier Roy, and Curtis Hamilton for Team Canada, Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander for Team Sweden, Teemu Hartikainen for Team Finland and Martin Marincin for Team Slovakia.
Nugent-Hopkins’ Oklahoma City teammates skate in a pair of games to close out the calendar year 2012. December 28, they take on the San Antonio Rampage at 7 p.m. They close out 2012 with a New Year's Eve tilt against the Texas Stars. Faceoff on New Year's Eve is slated for 6 p.m.
A variety of ticket packages are available to meet every individual or group need. Packages ranging from 7-game and 11-game packs to Full Season Seats are available. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for information on group outings, Season Seats and other ticket packages.
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