Helsinki, Finland – Team Canada captured the gold medal at the 2003 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship after a 3-2 overtime win over Sweden on Sunday in Helsinki, Finland. This marks Canada’s first medal at the World Championship since 1997 when it captured a gold medal.
Today’s gold medal marks Canada’s 16th gold medal in the history of the World Championship, as a stand-alone event. Canada won gold in 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1994, 19.
Canada also captured gold at six Winter Olympics (1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952) when the Olympics were also considered World Championships.
Canada completes an extremely successful 2003 season at IIHF Men’s World Championships with a Men’s World gold medal, a Men’s Under-18 gold medal and a Men’s Under-20 silver medal.
In 1997, the last time Canada won a gold medal at the World Championship, Canada also faced Sweden in the finals. (In 1997, the gold medal was decided by a best-of-three series which Canada captured 2-1)
Canada won two gold medals in the 1990's at the World Hockey Championship – in 1994 and again in 1997. Canada finished sixth last year at the Men's World Hockey Championship in Sweden.
Sweden took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mathias Tjarnqvist and P.J. Axelsson. Canada’s Shaun Horcoff (Trail, BC) closed the gap late in the period, putting a rebound past Swedish goaltender Mikael Tellqvist.
Sweden pressed for an insurance marker in the second period but Roberto Luongo (Montreal, QC) was up to the challenge, making 10 saves. Canada made it 2-2 in the third, as Shane Doan (Halkirk, AB) converted a pass from Horcoff. In overtime, Anson Carter (Toronto, ON) sent the Canadian bench into a frenzy, on a wrap-around that eluded Tellqvist at 13:49. The goal was reviewed and confirmed by the referee with assistance from video replay.
Several members of Team Canada will be returning to North America on May 12th. Listed is the final destination information for those players and staff traveling on Monday, May 12th whose final destination is in Canada.
All times listed are local. Note: Flights subject to changePlayers/Staff members Final Destination Flight Information Arrival time
Craig Rivet Montreal, QC AC 875 11:30 am
Martin Biron Toronto, ON AC 873 3:15 pm
Andy Murray (Head Coach) – Connecting to Minneapolis, MN, Media availability will depend on travel itinerary
Dany Heatley Calgary, AB AC 845 3:40 pm
Mike Pelino (Asst. coach)
Rob Cookson (Asst. coach, video)
Robin McDonald (Equipment Mgr)
Kevin Wagner (Therapist)
Dr. Jim Thorne (Team Doctor)
Kyle Calder Saskatoon, SK AC 8394 6:05 pm
Jay Bouwmeester Edmonton, AB AC 6220 6:20 pm
Mike Comrie Edmonton, AB AC 159 7:07 pm
Kris Draper Toronto, ON LH 470 7:30 pm