PIESTANY, Slovakia – Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team has won the gold medal at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, defeating Finland 4-0 in Saturday’s gold medal game in Piestany. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament five consecutive years and eight of the last nine.
On Saturday, Nathan MacKinnon (Cole Harbour, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) scored a hat trick to pace the offence as the Canadians finished an undefeated run through the tournament, earning Canada’s 17th summer under-18 gold medal since 1991.
After a scoreless first period, MacKinnon gave Canada the lead just 1:14 into the second, and added a power play goal midway through the frame to double the Canadian lead. He finished off his hat trick in the third period with another goal on the power play, this time on a two-man advantage, with 12 minutes left.
Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Edmonton, WHL) also scored for Canada, while Zachary Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) earned the shutout with a 23-save performance as Canada outshot the Finns 44-23.
In Saturday’s bronze medal game in Breclav, Czech Republic, Sweden beat the Czechs 2-1.
Canada’s roster is made up of 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders, and features nine players from the Western Hockey League, seven from the Ontario Hockey League and six from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Players and staff will return to Canada on Sunday, Aug. 19. See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – SUNDAY, AUG. 19
Information is listed alphabetically by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES. Flight information may change without notice.
Calgary, Alta. / AC133 / 8:10 p.m.
Calgary, Alta. / WJ677 / 8:47 p.m.
Kayle Doetzel, Morgan Klimchuk, Shea Theodore
Halifax, N.S. / AC614 / 7:55 p.m.
Montreal, Que. / AC832 / 6:13 p.m.
Jonathan Drouin, Zachary Fucale, Yannick Jean
Montreal, Que. / AC830 / 7:13 p.m.
Anthony Duclair, Jérémy Grégoire, Yan-Pavel Laplante
Ottawa, Ont. / AC460 / 6:09 p.m
Timmins, Ont. / AC7831 / 7:37 p.m.
Toronto, Ont. / OS071 / 2 p.m.
Chris Bigras, Eric Comrie, Max Domi, Bo Horvat, Darnell Nurse, Nick Ritchie, Jordan Subban, Scott Walker
Vancouver, B.C. / AC115 / 6:59 p.m.
Vancouver, B.C. / AC137 / 7:57 p.m.
Curtis Lazar, Nic Petan
Winnipeg, Man. / AC269 / 8:34 p.m.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of media relations, will be with the team in Europe for the tournament. He will be handling all interview requests and can be reached at +447540704016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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