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Team Canada is back on top at World Juniors
Canada's National Junior Team defeats Sweden for 17th gold medal
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January 6, 2018
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Canada’s National Junior Team captured its 17th gold medal with a 3-1 win over Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday.

In front of a raucous crowd of 17,544 fans, Canada opened the scoring less than two minutes into the second period on a goal from captain Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL). Sweden would score shorthanded to make it a tie game through 40 minutes before Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, Alta./Swift Current, WHL) scored his lone goal of the tournament – the eventual game-winner – in the final two minutes. Alex Formenton (King City, Ont./London, OHL) sealed the gold with an empty-netter. In goal, Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL) – who was making his fifth straight start – turned aside 35 of Sweden’s 36 shots.  

I don’t even remember, I kind of blacked out on the play,” said Steenbergen of his golden goal. “All I had to do was put my stick on the ice and tap it in. I’m overwhelmed with emotions right now. It’s pretty exciting. I was struggling all tournament trying to find the back of the net, but I’m sure happy that one went in.”

Canada finished the preliminary round atop the Group A standings with a 3-0-1-0 record after posting wins over Finland (4-2), Slovakia (6-0), and Denmark (8-0), and dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the U.S. The Canadians earned the chance to play for gold after defeating Switzerland (8-2) in the quarter-finals, and the Czech Republic (7-2) in the semifinals.

“This feels good. Last year’s loss was difficult to take, but there was a lot of positives because in a shootout, it can go either way,” said head coach Dominique Ducharme. “It’s been a long year and we wanted to be playing tonight and make the most out of it.”

Along with its 17 gold medals (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018), Canada has also won silver 11 times (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017), and bronze six times (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

Canada will next turn its attention to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., when the cities co-host the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.

For more information:

Vacant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 

 

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

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-612-2893 (mobile)
kmacleod@hockeycanada.ca

 

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