PIESTANY, Slovakia – Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team has won the gold medal at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, following a 6-3 win over Russia on Saturday.
It marks the fourth time in the past five years that Canada has won the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, formerly known as the Junior World Cup.
On Saturday, Ryan Ellis (Hamilton, ON/Windsor, OHL), Simon Després (Laval, QC/Saint John, QMJHL) and Taylor Hall (Kingston, ON/Windsor, OHL) scored first-period goals as Canada took a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes on its way to the win. Carter Ashton (Saskatoon, SK/Lethbridge, WHL), Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK/Brandon, WHL) and Ryan O’Reilly (Seaforth, ON/Erie, OHL) also scored for Canada, while Nathan Lieuwen (Abbotsford, BC/Westside, BCHL) made 10 saves.
“Our team improved throughout the event,” says Bill Peters, Canada’s head coach. “I’m proud of each one of our 22 players, all of whom contributed to this victory.”
Players and staff will return to Canada on Sunday, August 17 on one of two flights before connecting to their final destinations across North America. One group will be on Air Canada 839 from Frankfurt to Ottawa, which arrives at 4:45 p.m., while the other group will be on AC845 from Frankfurt to Calgary, which arrives at 3:50 p.m.
See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players and coaches.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY INFORMATION – SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Information is listed by FINAL destination. Arrival times are all LOCAL TIMES.
Flight information may change without notice.
Montreal, QC / AC8982 / 6:38 p.m.
Assistant coach Andre Tourigny
Simon Despres, Hubert Labrie, Louis Leblanc
Vancouver, BC / AC8325 / 6:45 p.m.
Stefan Elliott, Evander Kane
Toronto, ON / AC463 / 7:08 p.m.
Casey Cizikas, Taylor Doherty, Matthew Duchene, Ryan Ellis,
Bryce O’Hagan, Ryan O’Reilly
Kitchener, ON / JV0323 / 7:10 p.m.
Assistant coach Steve Spott
Abbotsford, BC / WJ105 / 7:12 p.m.
Spokane, WA / AS2364 / 8:59 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters
Saskatoon, SK / AC8588 / 9:00 p.m.
Carter Ashton, Jimmy Bubnick, Jared Cowen, Brayden McNabb,
Garrett Mitchell, Brayden Schenn
Winnipeg, MB / AC8336 / 9:28 p.m.
Cody Eakin, Scott Glennie
Kingston, ON / AC7372 / 9:38 p.m.
Detroit, MI / UA7917 / 11:34 p.m.
The media contact with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team is Chris Jurewicz. He can be reached in Slovakia at 011 372 53 386 941 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Please note that the time in Slovakia/Czech Republic is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.