2021 wphc can usa

Para Worlds Preview: Canada vs. United States

Saturday, June 19 | 9 a.m. ET | Ostrava, Czech Republic | Preliminary Round

Jason La Rose
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June 19, 2021
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Stream: Canadian Paralympic Committee

The 2021 IPC World Para Hockey Championship gets started with a bang on Saturday as Canada’s National Para Hockey Team takes on the United States in a meeting of the two best teams in the world.

How dominant have the cross-border rivals been in the sport? The Canadians and Americans have combined to win the last five Paralympic gold medals and the last seven world championships.

LAST GAME

Canada played two pre-tournament games against the Czech Republic, outscoring the hosts 23-1 in a pair of wins. James Dunn had a hat trick and five points in a 14-1 romp last Sunday, and Tyler McGregor added three goals of his own in a 9-0 win Monday. The second game marked the Team Canada debut of goaltender Adam Kingsmill, who stopped all six shots he faced for the shutout.

LAST MEETING

It’s been a while. The Canadians and Americans clashed Feb. 15, 2020 – 491 days ago – in the finale of a brief two-game series in Elmira, Ont., shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the hockey world. Dominic Larocque and Steve Cash kept the game goalless into the third period – combining for 17 stops in the first 30 minutes – but Travis Dodson scored 16 seconds into the final frame and Jack Wallace added insurance with 96 ticks left in a 2-0 U.S. win.

WHAT TO WATCH

How will the youngsters perform? Canada’s 17-player roster includes four players who have never competed at a world championship, and four more who have played in just one. But the Canadian contingent also features five of the eight top scorers in national team history, so there’s no shortage of leadership to help the new faces along.

What about rink rust? As mentioned above, it has been almost 500 days since the Canadians played a meaningful game, and the team hadn’t been together as a full group since then before arriving in Ostrava almost two weeks ago (a handful were in Calgary in January for training camp, but most of the veterans were absent). Nothing like diving right in with a match-up against your fiercest rival!

A LOOK BACK

The North American rivals are familiar foes, meeting 101 times since para hockey joined the Hockey Canada program in 2004. The Canadians had the upper hand early, winning the first 10 games and 25 of the first 30, but have just one victory in the last 12 meetings.

Included in the head-to-head history are four showdowns in the gold medal game at para worlds, with each country winning a pair of titles – Graeme Murray scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Canadian win in 2013 and Tyler McGregor had two in a 4-1 triumph in 2017, while the Americans earned a 3-0 victory in 2015 and came from behind for a 3-2 overtime win in 2019.

All-time record: Canada leads 57-43-1
Canada goals: 215
United States goals: 172

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
[email protected]

 

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
[email protected]

 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
[email protected]

 

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