Hockey Canada Network |
Team Atlantic Makes History - Headed to Semi-Finals at The World Under 17 Hockey Challenge -
December 28, 2004

Lethbridge, AB / Mount Pearl, NL -  Based on their theme for the week,

"Small Towns, Big Dreams" -  For the first time in the nineteen year history of Team Atlantic, 22 young Atlantic Canadians will have the chance to play for a medal at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Team Atlantic clinched their birth in the semi-finals with a convincing 4-0 win over Finland on Sunday in Lethbridge, Alberta at the Emmax Centre.

Team Atlantic started the scoring early, just 0:36 seconds into the game,

when James Sheppard put one past the Finland Goalie, Mika Jarvinen.

Sheppard, Team Atlantic's Captain, scored his second of the game at 13:05 of the first when he converted on the powerplay.

The second period was scoreless as both goalies played well and Atlantic's

Roger Kennedy made a few key saves to preserve the Team Atlantic lead.

In the third period, Team Atlantic sealed the victory when Sheppard scored his third of the game and Brad Marchand continued his strong play by adding a pair of goals.  

Roger Kennedy made 29 saves for his first shutout of the event.  

Sheppard received the Player of the Game Honors for Team Atlantic, while Timo Rinne received the same honor for Finland.

"This is an unbelievable feeling right now," Ken Dobson, Director of

Operations for Team Atlantic stated after the game.  "We belong here, we

have proven that, and now it is up to us how far we will go."

Trevor Murphy, General Manager of Team Atlantic and Manager of Hockey

Canada's Atlantic Centre of Excellence noted, "This is a great day for

hockey in Atlantic Canada.  I am so very proud of our players, staff and all of the volunteers in Minor Hockey Systems across the Atlantic Region which have contributed to this history making win.  This victory and of the hard work put forth by Team Atlantic are for the hockey participants in Atlantic Canada past and present and this shows that our region can compete with anyone.  We should be very proud of ourselves!"

Dave Ritcey, Coach of Team Atlantic said, " Character is the key to becoming a team and being successful - and we have it.  I am so proud of our dressing room right now, that it is hard to put into words."

Team Atlantic will have a pre-game skate on Monday Morning and will use that as their tune up as they prepare to face Team Western in one of the semi-final games that night.  Team Atlantic and Team Western will face off at 7:30pm (MT) for the right to advance to the Gold Medal Game.

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

2014 WU18C: CAN 3 - SWE 1
Apr 17, 2014
Virtanen scored twice to lead Canada to the tournament-opening win.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – USA 1
Mar 30, 2014
U18 women win gold.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 1 – RUS 0 (OT)
Mar 29, 2014
Canada edges Russia in overtime.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – CZE 0
Mar 26, 2014
Canadians shut out Czechs.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – FIN 0
Mar 24, 2014
U18 women blank Finland.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – JPN 1
Mar 23, 2014
Canada starts Worlds with win
2014 PARA: CAN 3 – NOR 0 (Bronze)
Mar 15, 2014
Billy Bridges scored a pair of goals to lead Canada to a Paralympic bronze.
2014 PARA: USA 3 – CAN 0 (Semifinal)
Mar 13, 2014
Corbin Watson made seven saves, but Canada will play for Paralympic bronze.
2014 PARA: CAN 1 – CZE 0 (Preliminary)
Mar 11, 2014
Westlake scored the lone goal to help Canada to a perfect preliminary round.
2014 PARA: CAN 4 – NOR 0 (Preliminary)
Mar 09, 2014
Adam Dixon scored twice to lead Canada to its second straight win in Sochi.
2014 PARA: CAN 10 – SWE 1 (Preliminary)
Mar 08, 2014
Gale, Dixon and Rempel had four points each to lead Canada to a win.
2010 OLYW: Flag Raising
Feb 10, 2010
Canada's National Women's Team taking part in the Flag Raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo Credit: