BERN, Switzerland – Canada’s National Men’s Team has won the silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, falling 2-1 to Russia in Sunday’s gold medal game. The silver marks Canada’s fifth medal in the last six years, with five appearances in the gold medal game over that time, capturing three gold medals and two silver medals.
On Sunday, Jason Spezza (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) opened the scoring just 5:37 after the opening face-off, but that would be the only puck Canada would get past Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. The Canadians outshot Russia 38-17, including 27-9 over the final 40 minutes, but could not get the equalizer.
Canada’s Shea Weber (Sicamous, B.C./Nashville, NHL) was named Top Defenceman by the IIHF Directorate, while Weber, Martin St. Louis (Laval, Que./Tampa Bay, NHL) and Steven Stamkos (Unionville, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL) were named to the tournament all-star team, as voted upon by the media.
Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk took home Top Forward and Most Valuable Player honours, while Belarus’ Andrei Mezin was named Top Goaltender. Kovalchuk, Mezin and defenceman Kenny Jonsson of Sweden joined the three Canadians on the all-star team.
Canada’s world championship management group has worked closely with Canada’s 2010 Olympic management group, led by executive director Steve Yzerman, to assemble this team and use this as an additional opportunity to prepare for the 2009-10 season, which will include the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. All of Canada’s games at the 2009 TSN/RDS were broadcast live across Canada.CANADA RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION –
Members of Team Canada will be returning to North America in the coming days and weeks. Please find below the arrival information for team members arriving in Canada or the U.S. on .
Canadian/U.S. destinations (listed alphabetically by final destination)
Final destination Arrival time Flight Team Canada members (local)
Atlanta, USA 2:25 p.m. DL0067 Colby Armstrong
Buffalo, USA 6:09 p.m. UA7832 Derek Roy
Lindy Ruff, Head Coach
Calgary, Alta. 5:10 p.m. AC 845 Bob Nicholson, President/CEO, Hockey Canada
Johnny Misley, Executive Vice-President, Hockey Canada
Brad Pascall, Sr. Director, Men’s National Teams, Hockey Canada
Scott Salmond, Director, Men’s National Teams, Hockey Canada
Calgary, Alta. 5:14 p.m. AC1159 Kent Kobelka, Physiotherapist
Dallas, USA 8:07 p.m. UA 3274 Dave Tippett, Associate Coach
Grand Rapids, USA 7:10 p.m. AA4279 Joel Kwiatkowski
London, Ont. 4:23 p.m. AC 7713 Drew Doughty
Minneapolis, USA 5:19 p.m. AC7943 Tony DaCosta, Equipment Manager
Minneapolis, USA 5:25 p.m. KLM6055 Josh Harding
Nashville, USA 6:50 p.m. AA4080 Barry Trotz, Associate Coach
New York, USA 3:45 p.m. LX 14 Travis Zajac
Ottawa, Ont. 4:05 p.m. AC 839 Mike Fisher
Philadelphia, USA 4:20 p.m. LH 426 Pierre Gauthier, Assistant General Manager
Phoenix, USA 5:10 p.m. BA289 Shane Doan
San Francisco, USA 7:15 pm AC 0739 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Saskatoon, Sask. 5:34 p.m. AC1125 Luke Schenn
Philadelphia, USA 1:25 p.m. US 711 Braydon Coburn
St. Louis, USA 8:22 p.m. UA7909 Doug Armstrong, General Manager
Tampa Bay, USA 6:00 p.m. DL2069 Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis
Toronto, Ont. 1:00 p.m. AC 879 Dwayne Roloson
Joe Nieuwenduk, Assistant General Manager
Vancouver, B.C. 2:45 p.m. LH492 Shea Weber
NOTE – Please note that during travel, flight arrangements may change without notice.
All players and staff members not listed here are remaining in Europe and returning home at a later date.