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Sports Canada wins gold at World Jewish Hockey Tournament in Israel

Jacky Benaim of Thornhill, Ont., scored four goals to lead the undefeated Team Canada White to an overwhelming 9-2 victory Wednesday at the second World Jewish Hockey Tournament.

Team Canada White, coached by former NHL star Steve Thomas, defeated Team Canada Red, coached by ex-NHL defenceman Jeff Beukeboom, in the finals at the Canada Centre in the northernmost spot in Israel.

Noah Schwartz of Toronto, who plays for the Hamilton Junior Red Wings of the Ontario Provincial Junior League, added a goal and two assists in the one-sided win.

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In the over-18 division, Team USA obliterated Sherry Bassin's Team Canada with a 6-0 victory in the final on Tuesday night.

Former University of Connecticut player Alec Kirschner scored three goals for the U.S. and former Nashville Predators' farmhand Dov Grumet-Morris was impressive in goal in posting the shutout.

The World Jewish tournament was played over the past 10 days, with nine teams from five countries.

The tournament was played to near sold-out crowds at the Canada Centre.

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