BUFFALO, N.Y. – Canada’s National Junior Team has earned the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship after losing 5-3 to Russia in Wednesday night’s gold medal game at HSBC Arena.
Canada took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission on goals by Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL), Carter Ashton (Saskatoon, Sask./Tri-City, WHL) and Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./Brandon, WHL), only to see the Russians score five unanswered goals in the third period, leaving the Canadians with silver for the second year in a row.
Schenn’s goal and assist in the game gave him 18 points in the tournament, tying him with Dale McCourt (1977) for the most by a Canadian in a single IIHF World Junior Championship. Ellis finished his three-year National Junior Team career as the highest-scoring defenceman in tournament history (25 points), and holds the all-time record for most assists by a Canadian (20).
For Canada, it is the eighth time it has won the silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, to go along with runner-up finishes in 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 20.
Following the game, the IIHF Directorate awards and media all-star team were announced.
IIHF Directorate award winners
Most Valuable Player – Brayden Schenn (CAN)
Top Goaltender – Jack Campbell (USA)
Top Defenceman – Ryan Ellis (CAN)
Top Forward – Brayden Schenn (CAN)
Media all-star team
G – Jack Campbell (USA)
D – Ryan Ellis (CAN)
D – Dmitri Orlov (RUS)
F – Ryan Johansen (CAN)
F – Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS)
F – Brayden Schenn (CAN)
In the bronze medal game earlier Wednesday, the United States beat Sweden by a score of 4-2.NOTE TO MEDIA: Please send your requests for interviews well in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We will do our best to accommodate these requests. Media can catch up to players and staff at their final destinations, as listed below. After tomorrow, all media requests for players and staff should go to their respective club teams.
RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION FOR TEAM CANADA MEMBERS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 6
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CANADIAN DESTINATIONSAcadie-Bathurst, N.B. 5:30 p.m. (AC 8740) Olivier Roy
Calgary, Alta. 2:12 p.m. (AC 173) Dylan Olsen, Scott Salmond (senior director of hockey
operations/national teams)Charlottetown, P.E.I. 6:57 p.m. (AC 106) Kevin Elliott (therapist)
Kelowna, B.C. 2:27 p.m. (AC 5295) Ryan Huska (assistant coach)
Kelowna, B.C. 6:04 p.m. (AC 8399) Tyson Barrie, Quinton Howden
Kingston, Ont. 2:42 p.m. (AC 7366) Erik Gudbranson
Moncton, N.B. 5:19 p.m.(AC 106) Serge Leblanc (equipment manager)
Montreal, Que. 1:13 p.m. (AC 410) Sean Couturier, Simon Després, Louis
Tourigny (assistant coach)
Prince George, B.C. 6:33 p.m. (AC 8207) Brett Connolly
Regina, Sask. 3:10 p.m. (AC 1115) Cody Eakin, Jaden Schwartz
Saskatoon, Sask. 2:35 p.m. (AC 8841) Carter Ashton, Jared Cowen, Curtis Hamilton
Saskatoon, Sask. 6:45 p.m. (AC 1125) Derek Blais (coordinator, national teams)
Sudbury, Ont. 1:55 p.m. (AC 7811) Marcus Foligno
Vancouver, B.C. 4:07 p.m. (AC 109) Ben Cooper (video manager)
Portland, Ore. 3:53 p.m. (UA 6316) Ryan Johansen
The 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship will be back in Canada, as the Alberta cities of Calgary and Edmonton will host the event. The 2012 tournament will mark the tenth time that the IIHF World Junior Championship is hosted in Canada.