CANADA RECEIVES SILVER MEDAL
AFTER 4-3 LOSS TO USA

CANADA'S PHANEUF AND CARTER
NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Canada's National Junior team received a silver medal on Monday after losing 4-3 to Team USA in the gold medal game of the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

With Canada's silver medal on Monday, it marks this the sixth consecutive year Team Canada as won a medal at the championship—the only country to record such an achievement.

The victory by USA over Canada gave the US its first WJC gold medal ever, and its first hardware since a silver medal in 1997 when it lost 2-0 to Canada in the final. USA has also earned two bronze medals in tournament history, in 1992 and 1986.

Canada had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, with two goals by Nigel Dawes and Anthony Stewart with one goal and two assists to lead the Canadians. Canadian forward Ryan Getzlaf almost made it 4-1 for Team Canada early in the third before Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the US to narrow Canada's lead to 3-2 at 4:39. » more

 

CANADA TAKES HOME SILVER

Team USA beat Team Canada 4-3 to win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The loss, however, still nets Canada silver, making this the sixth consecutive year Team Canada as won a medal at the tournament-the only country to record such an achievement.

The victory gave the US its first WJC gold medal ever, and its first hardware since a silver medal in 1997 when it lost 2-0 to Canada in the final. The US has also earned two bronze medals in tournament history, in 1992 and 1986.

Canada gave up a 3-1 lead going into the third period, on two goals by Nigel Dawes and Anthony Stewart. Stewart also had two assists.
Canadian forward Ryan Getzlaf almost made it 4-1 early in the third before Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the US to narrow Canada's lead to 3-2 at 4:39.

Ryan Kesler evened the score for Team USA at 6:58 on quick shot in close that hit Canadian goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and flew in the air, over his shoulder and into the net.

O'Sullivan scored his second of the night, the winner at 14:48, when he chased a loose puck heading toward Canada's goal. Fleury came out to clear the puck, but it hit defenceman Braydon Coburn and bounced into the net. Fleury faced 28 shots on the night, while US goalie Al Montoya faced 30.

The US now heads home to host the 2005 World Junior Championship, in Grand Forks, ND and Thief River Falls, Minn., as defending champions.

 

USA 4 CANADA 3

Canada wins its third staight silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, after falling 4-3 to the early tournament favorite from the United States. » more

NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM RETURNS HOME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2004

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Canada's National Junior team, who is playing Team USA in the gold medal game of the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on Monday, January 5th at 12noon ET/ 9am PT on TSN/RDS, will be returning home to Canada from Finland on Tuesday, January 6, 2004. » more

 

A BITTER PILL

There are not many words to describe how we as a team feel about our loss to the United States in the Gold Medal game here in Helsinki. We had the game in our grasp, but were unable to finish the Americans off, and ultimately were beaten by a bad bounce - something that can happen in a one game final. » more

 
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André Brin Director, Communications | Directeur, communications