CALGARY, ALBERTA – After capturing seven consecutive international under-18 summer events, Canada’s National Under-18 Team finished in fourth place at the 2003 U18 Junior World Cup, following an 8-2 loss to the Czech Republic on Saturday, in Breclav, Czech Republic.
Cam Barker (Medicine Hat, WHL/Winnipeg, MB) and Wes O’Neill (Green Bay, USHL/Essex, ON) scored Canada’s only goals. The Czech Republic scored five powerplay goals en route to the bronze medal.
USA captured the gold medal, edging Russia 3-2, on Saturday in Breclav. The American team advanced to the final following a 4-3 overtime win over Canada in one semi-final on Friday.
Canada’s National Under-18 Team will be departing Europe on Sunday, August 17th, arriving back home in Canada on August 18th. For media interviews, requests can be directed to Team Leader and Hockey Canada Manager, High Performance Scott Salmond who can be reached in the Czech Republic at 011 420 519 340 130 (Hotel phone number) or at 011 420 737 112 695 (cell phone). Please take note of the significant time difference between Canada and the Czech Republic. Once back in Canada, players can be reached for interviews through their club teams.