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Hockey Canada names management group and coaching staff for 2022 IIHF World Championship

Shane Doan, Rick Nash, Scott Salmond round out management group for Canada’s National Men’s Team; Claude Julien to serve as head coach

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April 18, 2022

CALGARY, Alta. – With less than one month until the 2022 IIHF World Championship gets underway, Hockey Canada has named the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, May 13-29.

Shane Doan (Halkirk, Alta./Arizona, NHL) will lead the Canadian contingent as general manager, joined on the management staff by assistant general manager Rick Nash (Brampton, Ont./Columbus, NHL) and senior vice-president of hockey operations and assistant general manager Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.). Behind the bench, Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) will take the reins as head coach, alongside assistants D.J. Smith (Windsor, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL).

The management group and coaching staff was selected by Tom Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.), chief executive officer, Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and chief operating officer, and Salmond.

“We are excited to unveil the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in its defence of last year’s gold medal at the IIHF World Championship,” said Renney. “This is a group that combines many years of experience at the NHL, CHL and international levels, and we look forward to building a team that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride in Finland next month.”

Doan most recently worked with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team as general manager at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. He was also the general manager and assistant coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup, and won a gold medal as assistant general manager at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. He was part of the management staff at the 2019 Spengler Cup, winning the championship, and was a consultant at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, earning silver. As a player, he represented Canada six times at the IIHF World Championship, winning two gold medals (2003, 2007) and three silver (2005, 2008, 2009). Doan also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and wore the Maple Leaf at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He joined the Arizona Coyotes as chief hockey development officer in January 2021.

Nash will make his international management debut at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. He currently serves as the director of player development with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and previously spent two seasons (2019-21) as the team’s special assistant to the general manager. As a player, he represented Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. He also wore the Maple Leaf at four IIHF World Championships, winning one gold medal (2007) and two silver (2005, 2008), and won a silver medal at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. Professionally, he played in 1,060 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, amassing 805 career points (437 goals, 368 assists).

Salmond was promoted to senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada in 2018 after serving as vice-president of national teams for four years. In this position, Salmond oversees all operations for Canada’s men’s, women’s and para hockey teams. He has helped lead Canada to Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey (2010, 2014) and one gold in women’s hockey (2022). He has also led Canada to gold medals at five IIHF World Championships (2003, 2004, 2015, 2016, 2021), five IIHF World Junior Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018), two IIHF U18 World Championships (2013, 2021), one IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2017) and one Paralympic Winter Games (2006), as well as a World Cup of Hockey championship (2016) and a Spengler Cup three-peat (2015, 2016, 2017). Salmond joined Hockey Canada in 2001 and has held increasingly senior high-performance roles during his tenure with the organization.

Julien recently served as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and was the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup. He was previously behind the Team Canada bench as an assistant at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, helping Canada win the championship. He won an Olympic gold medal as an assistant coach in 2014 and has twice been an assistant with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning silver in 1999 and bronze in 2000. Julien most recently served as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 2017-21, and was in the same role from 2003-06. He spent 10 seasons (2007-17) as head coach of the Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2008-09.

Tourigny is currently in his first season as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Previously, he served as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team, earning a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also won gold as an assistant coach at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, in addition to silver as an assistant in 2010 and 2011. The former CHL Coach of the Year served as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s for four seasons (2017-21), winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL coach of the year in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Prior to joining the 67’s, Tourigny spent 11 seasons with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (2002-13) and one season with the Halifax Mooseheads (2016-17). He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (2013-15) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16). In addition to his four appearances at the World Juniors, Tourigny led Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to a gold medal as head coach at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and won gold as an assistant at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Smith has been the head coach of the Ottawa Senators for the past three seasons (2019-22) after serving the previous four seasons (2015-19) as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before making the transition to the NHL, he was the head coach of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals for three seasons (2012-15) and added the title of assistant general manager in 2014. He was also an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires for six seasons (2004-10) before serving as an associate coach with the team for two years (2010-12). Internationally, he has represented Canada once as a coach, winning gold as an assistant with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. As a player, he played in 45 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, as well as 388 American Hockey League (AHL) games.

The support staff that will work with Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2022 IIHF World Championship includes:

  • Athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Domenic Nicoletta (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Ottawa, NHL)
  • Team physician Dr. Tim Cregan (Pointe-Claire, Que./Ottawa, NHL)
  • Equipment managers John Forget (Oshawa, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and Alex Menezes (Gatineau, Que./Ottawa, NHL)
  • Video coach James Emery (Calgary, Alta.)
  • Senior manager of hockey operations Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Managers of hockey operations Tania Kenny (Toronto, Ont.) and Dylan Rockwell (Calgary, Alta.)
  • Security liaison Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
  • Media relations manager Spencer Sharkey (Hamilton, Ont.)

Canada will open the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Italy, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Denmark and France in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 29.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Damon Severson, Andrew Mangiapane, John Tavares and Colton Parayko.

John Tavares to captain National Men’s Team at 2024 IIHF World Championship

Andrew Mangiapane, Colton Parayko, Damon Severson to serve as alternate captains

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May 11, 2024

PRAGUE, Czechia – Hockey Canada has announced that John Tavares (Oakville, ON/Toronto, NHL) will wear the ‘C’ for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2024 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia.

Andrew Mangiapane (Bolton, ON/Calgary, NHL), Colton Parayko (St. Albert, AB/St. Louis, NHL) and Damon Severson (Melville, SK/Columbus, NHL) will serve alongside Tavares as alternate captains.

“It is a true honour to be named captain of Team Canada for the world championship on a team with so many great leaders, and I am excited to help this team defend its gold medal in Czechia,” Tavares said. “Andrew, Colton and Damon are great players that are deserving of this honour, and I look forward to serving on the leadership group with them and wearing the Maple Leaf with pride.”

Canada will open the tournament against Great Britain on May 11 at 6:20 a.m. ET/3:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Denmark, Austria, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Czechia in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 26.

TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast 64 and 23 games, respectively; please check local listings for details.

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John Tavares.

Canada’s National Men’s Team roster update

John Tavares added to roster for 2024 IIHF World Championship

May 10, 2024

PRAGUE, Czechia – Hockey Canada has announced the addition of John Tavares (Oakville, ON/Toronto, NHL) to Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2024 IIHF World Championship, May 10-26 in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia.

Tavares has represented Canada on numerous occasions, winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships, and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He also won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and has suited up at the IIHF World Championship three times (2010, 2011, 2012).

“John is a world-class player and a great leader, and being able to have him join our roster for the world championship allows us to add a highly-skilled player with a veteran presence,” said general manager Rick Nash (Brampton, ON/Columbus, NHL). “His experience in previous international competition and his success on the international stage will be an important factor in our team’s success, and we know he will greatly benefit our group as we look to defend gold.” 

The Toronto Maple Leafs captain recently completed his 15th NHL season, and has amassed 1,040 career points (456 goals, 584 assists) in 1,109 games with the New York Islanders (2009-18) and Maple Leafs (2018-24).

Canada will open the 2024 IIHF World Championship against Great Britain on May 11 at 6:20 a.m. ET/3:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Denmark, Austria, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Czechia in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 26.

TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast 64 and 23 games, respectively; please check local listings for details.

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Canada’s National Men’s Team roster update

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Brandon Hagel, Nick Paul added to roster for 2024 IIHF World Championship

May 07, 2024

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hockey Canada has announced the addition of three players to Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2024 IIHF World Championship, May 10-26 in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia.

Forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC/Los Angeles, NHL), Brandon Hagel (Morinville, AB/Tampa Bay, NHL) and Nick Paul (Mississauga, ON/Tampa Bay, NHL) have been added to the roster for the tournament and will join the team in Budapest.

“We are excited to add Pierre-Luc, Brandon and Nick to our roster for the 2024 IIHF World Championship, as they will be valuable pieces of our team and provide leadership to our strong roster,” said general manager Rick Nash (Brampton, ON/Columbus, NHL). “All three bring previous world championship experience and over 700 games played in the NHL, and we look forward to them joining our team and helping us defend our gold medal.”

Hagel and Paul won a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Championship, with Paul netting the overtime winner in the gold medal game to secure Canada’s 27th gold medal. Dubois won silver at the 2022 IIHF World Championship and was named to the media all-star team.

In addition, Macklin Celebrini (Vancouver, BC/Boston University, HE) and Adam Fantilli (Nobleton, ON/Columbus, NHL) will not participate in the 2024 IIHF World Championship. Celebrini will return to North America to attend the NHL Draft Lottery and prepare for the NHL Combine, while Fantilli, who recently returned from injury, will also return home to focus on preparing for the 2024-25 season.

Canada will open the 2024 IIHF World Championship against Great Britain on May 11 at 6:20 a.m. ET/3:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Denmark, Austria, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Czechia in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 26. Prior to the start of the tournament, Canada’s National Men’s Team will play a pre-tournament game against Hungary at the MVM Dome in Budapest on May 7 at 7 p.m. local time. 

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Rick Nash named general manager for 2024 IIHF World Championship

Nash returns to National Men’s Team after silver medal at 2022 Worlds

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March 19, 2024

CALGARY, Alberta – Hockey Canada has announced that two-time Olympic gold medallist Rick Nash (Brampton, ON/Columbus, NHL) will serve as general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2024 IIHF World Championship, May 10-26 in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia.

Nash was selected by Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, ON/St. Louis, NHL), management group lead for Canada’s National Men’s Team, Ryan Getzlaf (Regina, SK/Anaheim, NHL), player relations advisor and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of hockey operations and high performance.

“Rick is an outstanding person to lead Canada’s National Men’s Team at this year’s world championship, as he brings a wealth of international and NHL experience from his playing career and his time as an executive,” Armstrong said. “We are excited to work with Rick and begin building the staff and roster that will wear the Maple Leaf in Czechia and help us defend gold this May.”

Nash most recently won a silver medal as assistant general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. He is in his third season as director of player development with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and previously spent two seasons (2019-21) as the team’s special assistant to the general manager. As a player, he represented Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. He also wore the Maple Leaf at four IIHF World Championships, winning one gold medal (2007) and two silver (2005, 2008), and won a silver medal at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. Professionally, he played in 1,060 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, amassing 805 career points (437 goals, 368 assists).

Additions to the management group, as well as the coaching staff, support staff and roster for the 2024 IIHF World Championship will be announced at a later date.

Canada will open the tournament against Great Britain on May 11 at 6:20 a.m. ET/3:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Denmark, Austria, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Czechia in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 26. Prior to the start of the tournament, Canada’s National Men’s Team will play pre-tournament games against Austria at Steffl Arena in Vienna on May 5 and Hungary at the MVM Dome in Budapest on May 7.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2024 IIHF World Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, X and Instagram.

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Canada wins gold at 2023 IIHF World Championship

5-2 win over Germany gives Canada 28th gold medal at worlds

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May 28, 2023

TAMPERE, Finland – A three-goal third period helped Canada’s National Men’s Team win gold at the 2023 IIHF World Championship, downing Germany 5-2 in the gold medal game at Nokia Arena on Sunday.

Sammy Blais (Montmagny, Que./St. Louis, NHL) netted the game-winner off a rebound just under five minutes into the third period, his second goal of the game and fourth in three contests, to give Canada its 28th gold medal at men’s worlds.

“This feels really good. We have been in Europe for a month and have waited for our moment to play for a gold medal, and it is really special to win in front of our friends and family that travelled here,” Blais said. “Our group built chemistry so quickly and it feels like we have played together for a long time, and we are excited to bring this gold medal back home to our fans.”

Canada fell behind 1-0 just over eight minutes into the game before Blais, who was named Player of the Game, buried a one-timer off a Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Buffalo, NHL) pass to tie the game. Germany responded with a goal 13:47 into the middle frame before Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Arizona, NHL) redirected a puck past German goaltender Mathias Niederberger on the power play to equal the score at 2-2 before the end of the second.

After Blais gave Canada the lead early in the third, Tyler Toffoli (Scarborough, Ont./Calgary, NHL) and Scott Laughton (Oakville, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) added goals to secure the win and give Canada its 51st medal overall at the IIHF World Championship.

“I could not be more proud of this group. We battled through a lot of adversity and doubt to get to this point, and this win is so special,” Toffoli said. “We have such a close-knit team that came together quickly, and we always believed in each other. Everyone bought in and we played a great game today, and I am incredibly happy to be going back to Canada with a gold medal.”

Sam Montembeault (Bécancour, Que./Montréal, NHL) capped off a stellar tournament with a 21-save performance. A full game summary can be found at HockeyCanada.ca.

Following the gold medal game, MacKenzie Weegar (Nepean, Ont./Calgary, NHL) was named Best Defenceman of the tournament and was selected to the media all-star team. Crouse, Montembeault and Weegar were also named Team Canada’s three best players of the tournament following the semifinals.

“The commitment of everyone on our team was unbelievable. We knew we had to come here and play for each other and commit to a team game. We came here to represent Canada and make our country proud, and I am so blessed to be a part of this group,” said head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL). “Our players wanted to win so bad. They wanted to bring a gold medal back to Canada, and when you have that mindset you can accomplish great things, and we did that tonight.”

Canada finished the preliminary round in second place in Group B after wins over Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Czechia. It booked a spot in the gold medal game after a 4-1 win over Finland in the quarterfinals and a 4-2 win over Latvia in the semifinals.

Since 1931, Canada has collected 28 gold medals at the world championship, to go along with 16 silver and seven bronze.

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IIHF Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Germany

Sunday, May 28 | 1:20 p.m. ET | Tampere, Finland | Gold Medal Game

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May 28, 2023

For the fourth-straight tournament, Canada’s National Men’s Team will play in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Championship; it will face Germany on Sunday in Tampere, in search of its 28th world title.

Last Game

Canada came from behind to earn a 4-2 victory over Latvia in its semifinal Saturday. Jack Quinn, Adam Fantilli and Scott Laughton scored third-period goals to complete the comeback, and Sam Montembeault made 20 saves to earn his fifth win.

Germany posted a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over the United States on Saturday to qualify for the final. Frederik Tiffels was the overtime hero, scoring his second of the game at 7:32 of the extra period after Marcel Noebels tied it with 1:23 left and goaltender Mathias Niederberger on the bench for an extra attacker. Niederberger finished with 30 saves, including six in overtime.

Last Meeting

Canada and Germany met last year in the prelim opener in Helsinki, with the Canadians downing the Germans by a score of 5-3 . Pierre-Luc Dubois finished with a pair of goals and Kent Johnson scored the game-winner. Logan Thompson turned aside 18 of 21 shots for his first career Team Canada win.

What to Watch

Canada was down two of its key penalty killers in Joe Veleno (suspension) and Ethan Bear (injury) for the semifinals, but that wasn’t an issue as the Canadians killed off all six Latvia power plays, improving its penalty kill to 93.1% (good for second in the tournament). The PK unit will need to be good again in the final; the Germans have scored six power-play goals in the tournament and are clicking at a 25% success rate.

The Germans entered the knockout round as the eighth-ranked team out of eight quarterfinalists after going 4-0-0-3 in preliminary round. But none of that matters now. First, they knocked out first-place Switzerland with a 3-1 win in the quarters before handing the United States its first loss of the tournament in the semis. J.J. Peterka has led the Germans offensively, collecting 11 points (5-6—11) to rank third in the tournament scoring race. In the crease, Niederberger has played all but one game, entering the gold medal game with a 1.98 goals-against-average and .910 save percentage, while making the third most saves (163) – 59 of which have come in the playoffs.

A Look Back

Canada holds a big lead in the head-to-head history, winning 21 of 24 meetings (with two ties) and outscoring the Germans 111-33.

It has been 93 years since the Canadians and Germans met for gold at the IIHF Worlds; at the 1930 tournament – the first time the event was held apart from the Olympic Games – Canada (represented by the Toronto CCMs) downed the host Germans 6-1 in Berlin to claim its fourth-straight gold.

All-time record: Canada leads 21-1-2 (2-0 in OT/SO)

Canada goals: 111

Germany goals: 33

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IIHF World Championship Recap – May 27

Adam Fantilli’s highlight-reel goal helped Canada defeat Latvia 4-2 to advance to the gold medal game

May 27, 2023

GAME STATISTICS | LIVE BLOG 

TAMPERE, Finland – A three-goal third period helped Canada's National Men's Team punch its ticket to the gold medal game at the 2023 IIHF World Championship, doubling up on co-host Latvia 4-2 at Nokia Arena on Saturday.

  • Adam Fantilli (Nobleton, Ont./University of Michigan, Big Ten) scored the eventual game-winner, a highlight-reel goal just under nine minutes into the third period.
  • Scott Laughton (Oakville, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL) chipped in with an empty-net goal and an assist.
  • Sammy Blais (Montmagny, Que./St. Louis, NHL) and Jack Quinn (Cobden, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) rounded out the scoring.
  • Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta./Buffalo, NHL), Jake Middleton (Stratford, Ont./Minnesota, NHL), Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Arizona, NHL), Milan Lucic (Vancouver, B.C./Calgary, NHL) and Justin Barron (Halifax, N.S./ Montréal, NHL) chipped in with one assist apiece.
  • Sam Montembeault (Bécancour, Que./Montréal, NHL) made 20 saves.
  • Canada outshot Latvia 36-22.

Next Game:

Canada vs. United States or Germany (gold medal game) – Sunday, May 28 (1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT)

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 64 and 24 games, respectively; please check local listings for details.

Quotes:

“The Latvians battle hard, they are physical and they played really well today. We stuck with it and needed some character after they scored the first goal, and I think the boys did a great job. [Quinn] scored a big, big goal for us, and Fantilli’s goal will be a highlight for a long time. There was no panic on our bench, and I think the commitment from our team was exceptional today.”

-      Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL) on today’s semifinal win

“It was a special moment for me. I grew up watching Milan Lucic my whole life, and for him to give me a great pass before my goal was pretty cool. It is a pretty surreal feeling to score a big goal that helps get us to the gold medal game, and it would mean a lot for everyone in our locker room to leave Finland with a gold medal. We all came here to represent our country as best as we can, and the best way to do that is by winning, so hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”

-      Fantilli on his goal and the opportunity to play for gold

“The puck just kind of popped out to me after a great forecheck by Crouse. I was just trying to bank it off any part of the Latvian goalie, and luckily the shot hit the perfect spot and went in.”

“This game shows that we have a lot of resiliency and that we believe in each other. We knew we were going to face some adversity today, and we were able to stick with it and stay calm, and in the end we got rewarded. We know how we need to play tomorrow to be successful, so we just need to reset and get focused on what we need to do to leave with a gold medal.”

-      Quinn on his game-tying goal and today’s game

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IIHF Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Latvia

Saturday, May 27 | 7:20 a.m. ET | Tampere, Finland | Semifinal

Jonathan Yue
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May 27, 2023

For the eighth tournament in a row, Canada’s National Men’s Team is into the semifinals at the 2023 IIHF World Championship, facing upstart Latvia on Saturday for a place in the gold medal game.

Last Game

Canada earned a 4-1 win over co-host Finland in its quarterfinal on Thursday. Jack Quinn, Sammy Blais, Michael Carcone and Tyler Toffoli each found the back of the net, and Sam Montembeault made 27 saves in another terrific performance for the Canadian goaltender.

Latvia rode home-ice advantage in Riga, defeating Sweden 3-1 to advance to its first-ever semifinal. Arturs Silovs backstopped Latvia, turning aside 40 of 41 shots, and Rihards Bukarts tallied three assists, while Miks Indrasis and Janis Jaks finished with a goal and a helper each.

Last Meeting

Fifteen days ago, on the opening night of the preliminary round in Riga, Canada earned a tournament-opening 6-0 win over the co-hosts. MacKenzie Weegar finished with a goal and two assists, Peyton Krebs had two helpers and Montembeault posted a 23-save shutout.

What to Watch

Since its back-to-back losses to Switzerland and Norway, Canada has turned it around at both ends of the ice, outscoring its opponents 7-2 over the last two games. The line of Lawson Crouse, Scott Laughton and Jack Quinn have been especially dangerous since coming together for the first time against Kazakhstan; the trio has recording 14 points over the last five games (Crouse – 4-1—5; Laughton – 0-4—4; Quinn – 1-4—5). Overall, the Canadians have spread out their offence, with 14 players having scored goals thus far.

There is no arguing that Silovs has been the tournament’s busiest goaltender. The Abbotsford Canucks (AHL) netminder has played in all but five minutes for Latvia, posting a 2.00 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage while leading the tournament with 200 saves through eight games. With the Latvians sitting in the middle of the pack with 24 goals, they’ve relied on Silovs while winning close contests – other than a comfortable 7-0 win over Kazakhstan in the prelims, the quarterfinal win over the Swedes was the first by more than one goal.

A Look Back

Canada and Latvia have met 14 times at the IIHF World Championship, with Canada winning 12 and tying one.

Historically, Canada has dominated the matchup, outscoring the Latvians 77-16. Prior to the 6-0 win mentioned above, the last time the Canadians scored six goals against the Latvians came in a 6-1 win to open the 2015 world championship . Jason Spezza finished with two goals and an assist, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two helpers and Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win in Prague.

All-time record: Canada leads 12-1-1

Canada goals: 77

Latvia goals: 16

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IIHF World Championship Recap – May 25

Sam Montembeault turned in a 27-save performance as Canada downed Finland 4-1 to advance to the semifinals

May 26, 2023

GAME STATISTICS | LIVE BLOG 

TAMPERE, Finland Canada's National Men's Team has booked its spot in the semifinals at the 2023 IIHF World Championship after defeating co-host Finland 4-1 at Nokia Arena on Thursday.

  • Sammy Blais (Montmagny, Que./St. Louis, NHL) netted the eventual game-winner just past the midway point of the second period.
  • Jack Quinn (Ottawa, Ont./Buffalo, NHL), Michael Carcone (Ajax, Ont./Tucson, AHL) and Tyler Toffoli (Scarborough, Ont./Calgary, NHL) rounded out the scoring.
  • Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Arizona, NHL), Jake Neighbours (Airdrie, Alta./St. Louis, NHL), Justin Barron (Halifax, N.S./Montréal, NHL), MacKenzie Weegar (Nepean, Ont./Calgary, NHL) and Jake Middleton (Stratford, Ont./Minnesota, NHL) chipped in with one assist apiece.
  • Sam Montembeault (Bécancour, Que./Montréal, NHL) was spectacular in goal, making 27 saves and earning Player of the Game honours.
  • Canada outshot Finland 31-28.

Next Game:

Canada vs. Latvia (semifinal) – Saturday, May 27 (7:20 a.m. ET/4:20 a.m. PT)

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 64 and 24 games, respectively; please check local listings for details.

Quotes:

“[Montembeault] made a lot of key saves for us. [Finland] had breakaways and grade-A chances, and Sam stood tall. He was our best player tonight, and when your goalie is playing that well, it is a good recipe for winning games.”

“We tried to play with speed on the forecheck to disrupt the Finns’ timing. They are so strong on pucks, they are heavy and protect the puck well. We wanted to be really aggressive when they had the puck and take possession away from them as quickly as possible. Finland possessed the puck a lot tonight, but I feel like we put them under pressure as soon as they touched the puck. Our penalty kill was also really good, and that was a key for us. [Finland] has some elite players, and we did a great job to contain them and kill those penalties.”

-      Head coach André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL) on the play of Montembeault and getting the win

“Our team played great tonight, and you can see how much we have grown since the start of this tournament. We knew it was going to be a tight game today, and that third goal from Carcone was huge for us and it took some weight off our shoulders. We played a great third period and managed the puck really well.”

“This is a great group. Our goal coming into this tournament was to win a gold medal, and we knew we were going to have to work hard tonight to beat Finland in front of their fans. We are one step closer to our goal, and now we are looking forward to the semifinals.”

-      Montembeault on the team’s performance and playing for a medal

“We need to keep doing what we have been doing the past two games. We need to be hard on the forecheck and stick to our systems. We have been playing well defensively and blocking a lot of shots, and we need to keep that up. We have a great goalie that we have a ton of confidence in, and we are going to bring our best game against Latvia.”

-      Blais on facing Latvia in the semifinal

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IIHF Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Finland

Thursday, May 25 | 1:20 p.m. ET | Tampere, Finland | Quarterfinal

Jonathan Yue
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May 25, 2023

It’s on to the playoffs at the 2023 IIHF World Championship, and Canada’s National Men’s Team looks to get the job done in the quarterfinals against the co-host Finland on Thursday in a rematch of the last three gold medal games.

Last Game

Canada earned a 3-1 win over Czechia in its preliminary-round finale on Tuesday. Tyler Myers scored the game-winner, Peyton Krebs and Lawson Crouse added goals of their own and Canada piled up 44 shots on goal to clinch second place in Group B.

Finland wrapped up its prelim schedule with a 7-1 win over Denmark on Tuesday. Bjorn Hannes finished with a goal and two assists, Mikael Seppala added three helpers and the Finns scored the game’s first seven goals en route to the win.

Last Meeting

Canada and Finland faced off last year in Tampere for the gold medal, with Canada falling 4-3 in overtime . Mathew Barzal recorded three assists, including two in the third period to help send the game to overtime, while Zach Whitecloud, Dylan Cozens and Max Comtois provided the offence.

What to Watch

Canada hasn’t been shy when it comes to getting shots on goal, its 270 shots led all teams during the preliminary round. Leading the charge in the shots department is captain Tyler Toffoli, who racked up 29 shots in seven games, averaging 4.14 per game. With the Finns allowing the third-most shots against (211), Emil Larmi could be seeing a whole lot of rubber.

It wasn’t busy (the Finns took just 14 penalties, second-fewest in the prelims), but Finland’s penalty kill has been one of the best in the tournament. The co-hosts allowed just one power-play goal against in those 14 opportunities, negating 92.86 percent of its shorthanded situations. Only Latvia (19-for-20, 95.0%) was better. It also has one of just four shorthanded goals (Juho Lammiko scored a man short against the Danes), so special teams will be key for the Finns.

A Look Back

The two countries are very familiar with each other at the world championship, with Thursday’s game marking their 54th matchup.

Prior to last year’s meeting for the gold medal, Canada and Finland met in the final in 2021, where Nick Paul scored 6:26 into overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory and its 27th world title, and in the 2019, when Shea Theodore scored the lone Canadian goal in a 3-1 loss in Bratislava .

All-time record: Canada leads 37-14-2 (3-3 in OT/SO)

Canada goals: 276

Finland goals: 121

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