The latest chapter of Canada's rivalry with Russia in hockey begins on today.
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, which see the top junior players from each country competing in a four game series begins at 11am et/8am pt on TSN2, and TSN Mobile TV. You can also talk hockey and get game updates with TSN.ca's Live Game blog during each game.
The first two games of the series are in Yaroslavl Russia, with the final two games being played in Halifax.
The series will pay tribute to the city of Yaroslavl and the Kontinental Hockey League's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, as the one year anniversary of the tragic Sept. 7 plane crash approaches.
"I fully expect a Game 7-type of atmosphere," Team Canada coach Steve Spott told NHL.com. "Anytime you get these two countries together, especially when you consider the fact Russia beat Canada last year in Calgary and the year before in Buffalo [at the WJC], I think that there will be some motivation once the boys hit the ice for warmups."
The series - which will also mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series - replaces this season's Canada's National Junior Team Summer Development Camp and serves as part of player evaluations for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Team Canada's roster features 13 NHL first-round draft picks including the Florida Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau, the Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray, the Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly.
The Canadians will face Russia's three first-rounders, including the first overall draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers.
TSN Radio 1050 will broadcast the entire series. TSN Radio 1290 will have Games 1 and 2 and TSN Radio 990, TEAM 1410 and TEAM 1200 will have Games 3 and 4.