Canada back on top at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup
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Canada back on top at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup
Canadian U18s bring home gold with 4-1 win over Czechs
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August 12, 2017
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BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Canadian hockey fans are celebrating a golden performance by Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team following a 4-1 victory over co-host, Czech Republic, in the gold-medal game at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Saturday.

The win marks the red-and-white’s 21st gold medal in 27 years of summer under-18 competition.

“It’s exciting. There are a lot of great teams and a lot of great countries [competing in the tournament], and to come out on top is pretty special,” said head coach Brent Kisio (Calgary/Lethbridge, WHL) of winning the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. “The place was rocking; it was a great atmosphere, and it was a lot of fun [to play the Czech team on its home ice]. We [told the players] to enjoy it; it’s a pretty special experience playing over here, with these fans [who were] awesome. A lot of credit goes to [the fans] for the atmosphere of the game tonight.”

The Canadians got on the board in the first with a goal from Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) at 16:26. Team captain Joe Veleno (Kirkland, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) scored what would be the game-winning goal at 2:19 of the second, while Kevin Bahl (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) and Jack McBain (Toronto/Toronto Jr. Canadiens, OJHL) – who also earned assists on the first two goals – each potted one for Canada before the final buzzer.

“It’s so amazing. I’m so proud to be here with the boys; I’m so happy to be Canadian. I just can’t describe [how it feels],” said goaltender Olivier Rodrigue (Chicoutimi, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) moments after the celebratory team photo on the ice. Rodrigue back-stopped Team Canada in four of its five tournament games, including the final, recording four consecutive victories.

The Canadians held the defending champions from the Czech Republic to 19 shots, peppering their goaltender with 46 shots on goal. The full game story and stats can be found at HockeyCanada.ca/Hlinka.

As announced last November, Canada will take a turn hosting the prestigious summer hockey staple on Canadian ice as Hockey Canada, the Czech Ice Hockey Association, and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation have struck a multi-year partnership which will see the tournament come to Edmonton in 2018, 2020, and 2022.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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