With the IIHF World Junior Championship back in British Columbia for the
first time in 13 years and B.C. Hockey celebrating its 100th anniversary,
we asked the question … what are the best performances by B.C. natives in
World Juniors history?
NO. 4 – CURTIS LAZAR / NIC PETAN / SAM REINHART
Hometown: Vernon, B.C. / Delta, B.C. / West Vancouver, B.C.
Minor Hockey Association: Greater Vernon MHA / North Shore Winter Club /
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
Statistics: 7GP 3G 4A 7P / 7GP 4G 1A 5P / 7GP 2G 3A 5P
Result: fourth place
2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
Statistics: 7GP 5G 4A 9P / 7GP 4G 7A 11P / 7GP 5G 6A 11P
Result: gold medal
After seeing its consecutive medal run end at 14 with a fourth-place finish
in 2013, Canada went to Malmö, Sweden with its eyes set on starting a new
streak. But the Canadians once again finished one step off the podium,
marking the first time in the POE that Canada had gone back-to-back World
Juniors without a medal.
There was, however, a silver lining of sorts – six of Canada’s top eight
scorers were eligible to return in 2015, including the B.C.-born trio of
Lazar, Petan and Reinhart, who turned out to be even better when the
tournament returned to Canadian ice in Montreal and Toronto.
With Lazar wearing the ‘C’, the three combined for 31 points – including a
tournament co-leading 11 each for Reinhart (who had points in every game
and was named a media all-star) and Petan (who scored an emotional hat
trick in the semifinals) – to lead Canada to its first World Juniors gold
How did the disappointment of 2014 motivate you for 2015?
CL: “It was definitely something in the back of my mind that I was thinking
about. We really wanted to be better in 2015, to get back to the gold
medal. I thought we had a really good team in 2014, but things didn’t click
and didn’t pan out the way we wanted. I remember losing that bronze medal
game to Russia [in 2014], and right then I thought to myself, ‘I want
another crack at this.’ Just with that experience as an 18-year-old, I
wanted to be back as a 19-year-old, and I was very happy that I was granted
What was the atmosphere like for the gold medal game in Toronto?
NP: “It was pretty crazy. I had some family and friends in town watching
that game, which was awesome as well. It was a pretty surreal experience
all around. I just remember the building being so loud and the whole crowd
being red with Canadian fans. That felt pretty incredible. You grow up
watching the tournament every Christmas, wanting to be part of it. And then
that day comes, and you make Team Canada and to be part of that experience
was something I’ll never forget.”
What did it mean to be captain in 2015?
CL: “Any time you get to wear the Hockey Canada jersey, it’s an honour and
a thrill. To have the ‘C’ as well, to have that responsibility and to be
leaned on meant so much. The thing is that we were doing so well that if
anything I had to play the bad-cop in the dressing room trying to keep guys
focused and to not take teams too lightly because in the short-term
competitions if you slip once it can cost you the entire tournament.”