Ten moments to remember about Canada at the world junior championship
1. 2005 — An NHL lockout left Canada — and other countries — with perhaps their most talented squad ever in Grand Forks, N.D. A team that included Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Shea Weber, tournament scoring leader Patrice Bergeron and others whipped a Russian side with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin 6-1 in the final.
2. 2009 — A fifth straight gold medal before record crowds in Ottawa saw a team led by John Tavares and Jordan Eberle score a comeback win over the U.S. and then beat Sweden 5-1 in the final. Of note was the show put on in the final by Sweden’s Erik Karlsson, a future Senator, and future Montreal Canadien P.K Subban.
3. 1985 — Canada and Czechoslovakia went into the final round robin game tied with 5-0-1 records, before the tournament had a medal round. The last game saw an epic goaltending duel between Craig Billington and Dominik Hasek. It ended 2-2, but Canada got gold due to a better goal differential.
4. 1978 — Canada settled for bronze in Montreal. What was special was that it was the first time many Canadians got to see Wayne Gretzky play on television. He merely led the tournament in scoring as a 16-year-old.
5. 1987 — The Punch-up in Piestany was Canada’s ugliest moment in international hockey. Going into the final round robin game, the Soviet Union was already eliminated from the medals and Canada needed a win for silver. With Canada leading 4-2 in the second period, a bench-clearing brawl erupted. Both teams were disqualified.
6. 1988 — Rebounding from Piestany, Theoren Fleury, Jimmy Waite and their Canadian teammates beat the Soviets 3-2 en route to winning gold in Moscow.
7. 2010 — Gunning for a record sixth straight gold, Canada came ever so close, losing a heartbreaker 6-5 to the U.S. in the final on John Carlson’s overtime goal in Saskatoon. Eberle had scored twice in the desperate final minutes of regulation to tie the score.
8. 2011 — Canada had gold in its grasp again in Buffalo, leading 3-0 going into the third period of the final, only to see the Russians led by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko score five straight times to win.
9. 1995 — Another NHL lockout year gave Canada a stellar team and it didn’t disappoint as Jason Allison, Eric Daze, Bryan McCabe and the rest went a perfect 7-0 to win gold.
10. 1993 — Sweden’s top line of Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund and Niklas Sundstrom set scoring records — including 31 points from Forsberg — playing on home ice in Gavle, Sweden. But Canada led by Paul Kariya and goalie Manny Legace beat them 5-4 to win the first of five straight gold medals.
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