QUEBEC CITY, QC – Canada’s National Men’s Team has won the silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World
Championship, falling to Russia 5-4 in overtime in Sunday’s gold medal game at Le Colisée Pepsi.
The world title is Russia’s first since 1993, and denied Canada its second
consecutive gold medal. Canada also saw its winning streak at the event snapped at 17 games, and the loss
means the host country still has not won the gold medal since the Soviet Union won the 1986 world
championship in Moscow.
After falling behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the first period, Brent Burns scored twice and Chris
Kunitz added a goal as Canada took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. After the Russians had cut the
lead to one at 3-2, Dany Heatley scored his record-breaking 12th goal of the tournament to restore the
Heatley’s 12 goals surpassed the modern-day Canadian record of 11 goals in one tournament, set by Eric
Lindros at the 1993 IIHF World Championship. The goal also gave him 20 points, tying Steve Yzerman’s 1990
Holding a two-goal lead entering the third period, the Canadians saw Russia fight back with a pair of
goals in the final 11 minutes to force overtime, where Ilya Kovalchuk was the hero, scoring 2:42 into the
extra frame with the Russians on the powerplay.
Heatley was rewarded for his record-breaking tournament with the Top Forward and MVP awards, courtesy of
the IIHF Directorate. It is the second time Heatley has been named MVP at the IIHF World Championship, the
first player ever to win the award twice. He also was named Top Forward and MVP following the 2004
Burns was named Top Defenseman, while Russian netminder Evgeni Nabokov took home Top Goaltender
Heatley also earned a place on the Media All-Star Team, where he was joined by teammates Mike Green and
Rick Nash. Nabokov, Russia forward Alexander Ovechkin and Czech Republic defenseman Tomas Kaberle were also
named to the six-member team. Heatley was also named to the all-star team following the 20 world
The gold medal game was the conclusion of a successful 2008 IIHF World Championship, as the game was sold
out and broadcast live on TSN/RDS to hockey fans across the nation. This marked the first time in the
100-year history of the IIHF that the world championship was held in Canada.
The 2008 IIHF World Championship was held in Quebec City and Halifax from May 2nd to 18th. It was the
third-most successful IIHF World Championship in history according to attendance, as a total of 477,584 fans
watched games at both Le Colisée Pepsi and the Halifax Metro Centre. The 2004 IIHF World Championship in the
Czech Republic is the most successful, attracting 552,097 fans to the event.