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Canada Advances to Gold Medal Game at 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship
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January 4, 2008
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CANADA TO FACE SWEDEN ON JANUARY 5TH

PARDUBICE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Canada’s National Junior Team has advanced to the gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Friday. Canada will now face Sweden on January 5th in the gold medal game. The game will be played at 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local) and broadcast live on TSN, TSN.ca, RDS, RDS.ca and The Fan Radio Network. Russia and USA will play for the bronze medal at 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local).

Canada reached the gold medal of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship by winning its semi-final game against USA 4-1.

Colton Gillies (Surrey, BC/Saskatoon, WHL) and Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, NS/Halifax, QMJHL) scored 20 seconds apart early in the third period to break open a 2-0 game and help the Canadians to their seventh consecutive gold medal game appearance at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Shawn Matthias (Mississauga, ON/Belleville, OHL) and captain Karl Alzner (Burnaby, BC/Calgary, WHL) also scored for Canada, while goaltender Steve Mason (Oakville, ON/Kitchener, OHL) made 33 saves.

TSN, TSN HD and TSN.ca, as well as RDS, RDS HD and RDS .ca, continue to provide live coverage of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, airing both medal games on January 5th from the Czech Republic. Coverage this year features 11 games, including all Team Canada games and the medal round games. Following each Team Canada game, TSN.ca will stream a live post-game show. All games will also be available on-demand on TSN.ca throughout the duration of the tournament.

All of Team Canada’s games will also be broadcast LIVE on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled in nine straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 20, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 20 and bronze medals in 20.

The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Ottawa, ON, marking the eighth time that Canada has hosted this event.

GO TO www.hockeycanada.ca/ottawa2009 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2009 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

MEDIA INTERVIEWS WITH TEAM CANADA MEMBERS AFTER THE GOLD MEDAL GAME

Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, André Brin, will be on-site with the team through the end of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship to assist with media requests. Media interviews on-site will follow immediately after the game.

Please take note that the team is departing the evening of Saturday, January 5th, but we will do our best to accommodate phone interviews in the hours following the conclusion of the game. Priority in all cases will be given to media requests on-site and we will NOT be able to confirm any live post-game phone interviews in advance. There will not be any phone interviews granted on game day, January 5th, prior to the game.

André Brin’s contact information in Europe:
e-mail - abrin@hockeycanada.ca / cell - 011 37 253 386 941

RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY FOR TEAM CANADA

The return flight itinerary for members of Canada’s National Junior Team is as follows (subject to change):

Final Destination Arrival Time (Local) Flight Information Players/Staff

Calgary, AB 4:00 p.m. AC 845 Karl Alzner, Thomas Hickey, Zach Boychuk, Brandon Sutter, Dr. Brian Benson (team doctor), Kent Kobelka (physiotherapist)

Halifax, NS 7:34 p.m. AC 614 Brad Marchand

Kelowna, BC 7:27 p.m. AC 8399 Luke Schenn

Medicine Hat, AB 7:08 p.m. AC 7245 Mikki Lanuk (athletic therapist)

Moncton, NB 8:45 p.m. AC 8940 Serge LeBlanc (equipment manager)

Montreal, QC 6:15 p.m. AC 420 Jonathan Bernier, Clément Jodoin (assistant
coach)

Ottawa, ON 5:10 p.m. AC 458 Claude Giroux

Regina, SK 10:08 p.m. WJ 212 Logan Pyett, Riley Holzapfel, Curtis Hunt
(assistant coach)

Saskatoon, SK 8:58 p.m. AC 8588 Colton Gillies

Sault Ste. Marie, ON 7:11 p.m. AC 7795 Josh Godfrey, Wayne Simmonds, Craig
Hartsburg (head coach)

Toronto, ON 2:05 p.m. AC 873 Drew Doughty, John Tavares, Matt Halischuk, P.K. Subban, Shawn Matthias, Stefan Legein, Steve Mason, Steven Stamkos, Jamie Pringle (video coach)

Vancouver, BC 6:50 p.m. AC 225 Kyle Turris

USA ARRIVALS

Las Vegas, NV 6:21 p.m. UA 9192 Corey Hirsch (goaltending consultant)

IMPORTANT NOTE TO MEDIA – Interview requests for players after their arrival in North America can be made through the players’ respective club teams.


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

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