2023 mwc may 22 can nor

IIHF Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Norway

Monday, May 22 | 9:20 a.m. ET | Riga, Latvia | Preliminary Round

Jonathan Yue
May 21, 2023

Canada’s National Men’s Team looks to get back into the win column during a Monday matchup against Norway at the 2023 IIHF World Championship.

Last Game

Canada was handed its first loss of the tournament on Saturday, falling 3-2 to Switzerland. Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring on the power play and Michael Carcone added a goal in the third period, but the Swiss held on to remain undefeated in Riga.

Norway is coming off a 2-0 loss to Czechia on Saturday. Henrik Haukeland turned aside 19 shots, while Ludvig Hoff led the Norwegians with four shots on goal.

Last Meeting

Canada and Norway last met in the preliminary round two years ago, with Canada earning a 4-2 victory in Riga. Adam Henrique finished with two goals and an assist, Connor Brown added a goal and two helpers and Owen Power recorded two assists. Darcy Kuemper made 13 saves to earn the win in goal.

What to Watch

Five games into the tournament, Scott Laughton has emerged as one of the tournament’s best in the faceoff circle. His 59.8 winning percentage ranks him ninth in the category and his 102 draws taken is also among the top 10 . Laughton has been trusted by the Canadian coaching staff, leading all forwards in time on ice with an average of 17:27. The captain of Canada’s National Junior Team in 2014, this is the Oakville-born forward’s first tournament with the National Men’s Team. He has tallied one goal, three points and a +3 rating in five games played in Riga.

Johannes Johannesen has been a workhorse for the Norwegians through five games. The 26-year-old is averaging 23:57 per game—placing him second in the tournament in ice time—and is being relied upon at both ends of the ice. His lone point, an assist, couldn’t have come at a better time as he set up Thomas Berg-Paulsen for the game-winning goal against Slovenia for Norway’s lone win.

A Look Back

Canada and Norway have met 24 times at the IIHF World Championship, with the Canadians holding an impressive 23-1 advantage heading into Monday’s matchup.

While there have been a handful of dominant performances, a 12-1 victory for Canada in 2010 stands out. John Tavares finished with a hat trick, Jordan Eberle recorded a goal and three assists, while Chris Mason and Chad Johnson turned aside 18 of 19 shots.

All-time record: Canada leads 23-1
Canada goals: 155
Norway goals: 26

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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