The dream has to start somewhere.  To be honest, Olympic hockey gold for Canada is more an expectation than a dream. But still, it has to start somewhere.

Enter: The World Juniors.

As the guys lace up Boxing Day for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in what has become an iconic tournament of tradition, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games beckon just weeks away.


And when our athletes pull on their Team Canada hockey jersey to face the world on the Olympic stage, you can be sure they won’t forget where their dream started.

Here’s a lookback in photos to help you remember when some of our 2014 Olympic hockey hopefuls were wide-eyed juniors — just living the dream.

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World Junior action for 2013-14 begins Boxing Day as Canada takes on Germany at 7 a.m. EST. Check out the full broadcast schedule on TSN.