BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will play for gold at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament when it faces Russia on Saturday, August 15 in Breclav. Canada will be after its second-consecutive gold medal at the tournament; it beat Russia 6-3 in last year’s gold medal game.
Canada completed preliminary round play with a 9-0 win over the Czech Republic on Thursday to move its record in Pool A to 3-0. It also recorded wins over Sweden and Switzerland. The Russians finished first in Pool B with a 3-0 record, including wins over Slovakia, the United States and Finland.
On Thursday, Canada scored a pair of goals in the opening 71 seconds to jump to a quick lead before cruising to victory. Jeffrey Skinner (Markham, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) led the offence with a pair of goals, while Tyler Toffoli (Scarborough, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) added a goal and two assists. Louis Domingue (Mont St-Hilaire, Que./Moncton, QMJHL) turned aside all 23 shots he faced for the shutout as Canada got the eight-goal margin it needed to ensure Saturday’s gold medal game would be in Breclav, where it has played all of its preliminary round games.
There will be no TV or radio coverage of the gold medal game. Hockey Canada’s official website, www.hockeycanada.ca, is the place to find complete coverage of Canada at the tournament.
Players and staff will return to Canada on Sunday, August 16. See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players and coaches.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
Information is listed by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES. Flight information may change without notice.
Calgary, Alta. / LH494 / 11:35 a.m.
Cranbrook, B.C. / AC7253 / 1:39 p.m.
Assistant coach Mark Holick
Edmonton, Alta. / AC8148 / 3:16 p.m.
Alexander Petrovic, Mark Pysyk
Lethbridge, Alta. / AC7231 / 4:04 p.m.
Toronto, Ont. / LH470 / 4:15 p.m.
Brock Beukeboom, John McFarland, Ryan O’Connor, Tyler Seguin, Stephen Silas, Jeffrey Skinner, Gregg Sutch, Tyler Toffoli, assistant coach Chris DePiero
Regina, Sask. / AC8432 / 4:33 p.m.
Prince George, B.C. / AC221 / 4:43 p.m.
Winnipeg, Man. / AC8336 / 5 p.m.
Quinton Howden, Calvin Pickard
Ottawa, Ont. / AC462 / 7:10 p.m.
Erik Gudbranson, Ryan Spooner
Montreal, Que. / AC830 / 7:11 p.m.
Michaël Bournival, Sean Couturier, Louis Domingue
Windsor, Ont. / AC7759 / 7:20 p.m.
Head coach Bob Boughner
Charlottetown, P.E.I. / AC7676 / 11:57 p.m.