TAMPERE, Finland – Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team has finished fourth at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, after losing to Sweden 8-3 on Sunday in Tampere, Finland. Canada has won two medals at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship since participating for the first time in 2002, a gold medal in 2003 and silver in 2005.
A late second period goal by Sweden’s Mikael Backlund at 19:59 of the period broke a 2-2 tie, and put Sweden ahead for good. Angelo Esposito (Montreal, QC/ Quebec, QMJHL), with two goals, and Drew Doughty (London, ON/ Guelph, OHL) scored for Canada.
Canada finished the Championship with four victories and two defeats. The team’s only other defeat came in the semifinals to Team U.S.A. by a 4-3 score in a shootout.
Canada’s World Championship Under-18 team is made up of the best available players born in 1989 or later who aren’t competing in playoffs with their respective club teams. Many of the players named today will be among the top selections at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in June.
For full World Championship coverage, including the gold medal game summary, go to www.iihf.com.
CANADA’S TOP THREE PLAYERS
(Awarded at the conclusion of the bronze medal game)
Trevor Cann (Oakville, ON/ Peterborough, OHL) - Goaltender
Drew Doughty (London, ON/ Guelph, OHL) – Defence
Steven Stamkos (Unionville, ON/ Sarnia, OHL) – Forward
The World Championship Directorate Awards (Top goaltender, defenceman and forward) will be awarded at the conclusion of the gold medal game.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – MONDAY, APRIL 23rd
Players and staff will be available for media upon returning to Canada. Please note that any interview requests for players after this availability should be directed to the players’ respective club teams.
Information is listed alphabetically by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES. Flight information may change without notice en route.
Abbotsford, BC WJ 0144 10:44 pm Colton Gillies
Calgary, AB AC 0845 4:00 pm Director, Men’s National Teams, Scott Salmond
Calgary, AB AC 1165 8:35 pm Zach Boychuk, Eric Doyle, Brandon Sutter
Cranbrook, BC AC 7253 7:19 pm John Negrin
Edmonton, AB AC 0159 9:00 pm Braden Holtby
Halifax, NS AC 0618 9:35 pm Alex Grant
Kelowna, BC AC 8399 6:14 pm Head Scout Jim Hammett, Assistant coach Jeff Truitt
Kelowna, BC AC 8424 10:40 pm Luke Schenn
London, ON AC 7719 6:52 pm Logan Couture
Montreal, QC AC 0436 6:45 pm Angelo Esposito, Keven Veilleux, Yann Sauvé
Sault Ste. Marie, ON AC 7795 7:18 pm Zack Torquato
Sudbury, ON AC 7815 7:28 pm Yves Bastien
Toronto, ON AC 9105 3:45 pm Drew Doughty, Steven Stamkos, Jamie Arniel, Trevor Cann
Timmins, ON AC 7831 7:25 pm Mark Katic
Vancouver, BC AC 0137 7:57 pm Kyle Turris
Final U.S. destinations
Chicago, IL AC 0511 6:53 pm Head coach Trent Yawney
Erie, PA CA 8682 9:20 pm Assistant coach Mike Stapleton
Fairbanks, AL AA 0113 12:25 am Dion Knelsen
Mont Joli, QC AC 8964 6:24 pm Olivier Fortier