Nine WHL players win gold with Canada at 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship – WHL Network
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to congratulate the nine Western League players representing Canada who won gold at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship in Frisco and Plano, TX.
Canada beat Russia by a final score of 5-3 Thursday night in Frisco, Texas.
The WHL players coming home with gold are goaltenders Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) and Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars) , defensemen Nolan Allan (Davidson, Sask. / Prince Albert Raiders), Denton Mateychuk (Dominion City, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Everett Silvertips), and forwards Logan Stankoven (Kamloops , BC / Kamloops Blazers), Conner Roulette (Winnipeg, Man. / Seattle Thunderbirds), Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, British Columbia / Regina Pats) and Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alberta / Edmonton Oil Kings).
The nine WHL players with Canada are Matt Weninger (goaltending consultant / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Dr. Ben Cameron (team doctor / Lethbridge Hurricanes).
As he did so often throughout the tournament, Bédard aroused Canada on Thursday night. After Russia opened the scoring at 5:13 in regulation, the North Vancouver product responded for Canada with an electrifying, scoring goal at 3:59 p.m. in the first period. The two sides exchanged goals again and were tied 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.
With a second-period goal from Stankoven, Canada established a two-goal advantage after 40 minutes of play.
Russia wrapped things up midway through the third period, making it a 4-3 game. Captain Shane Wright froze the deal, taking a record-breaking pass from Bedard and dropping it into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining.
With 14 points (7G-7A), 15-year-old Bédard finished tied with Wright for the lead in scoring in the Canadian tournament. Bedard was named to the all-star media team for the tournament, recognition for a performance that included tying a points record by a 15-year-old at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which had previously been set by Connor McDavid from Canada in 2013.
Including Thursday’s gold medal victory, Canada played an unbeaten round at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, knocking out Sweden, Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in the preliminary match. before beating the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals and Sweden once again in the semi-finals.
Ahead of Thursday’s gold medal competition, Sweden won bronze, edging Finland by a final score of 8-0.
This is Canada’s first gold medal at the IIHF World U18 Championship since 2013. Since 2002, Canada has won four gold medals at the event (2003, 2008, 2013, 2021), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
To learn more about Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.
About the Western Hockey League
Considered the best development league in the world for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL is made up of 22 member clubs, 17 of which are located in Western Canada and five in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading talent supplier to the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving scholarships from the WHL to pursue post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, the WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
FINAL SCORE! THE 🥇 IS BACK TO CANADA!
– Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 7, 2021