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U18 Men’s Worlds Recap – Sweden 8, Canada 0

Canada outshot Sweden 30-24 but dropped its tournament opener to the defending champions

April 20, 2023



PORRENTRUY, Switzerland – Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team opened the 2023 IIHF U18 World Championship with a loss to Sweden, falling 8-0 to the defending gold medallists on Thursday.


  • Nick Lardis (Oakville, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) led all Canadian skaters with five shots on goal.
  • Colby Barlow (Orillia, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL), Macklin Celebrini (Vancouver, B.C./Chicago, USHL), Andrew Cristall (Burnaby, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) and Lukas Dragicevic (Richmond, B.C./Tri City, WHL) recorded three shots apiece.
  • Gabriel D’Aigle (Sorel-Tracy, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) made 14 saves after relieving Carson Bjarnason (Carberry, Man./Brandon, WHL) in the first period.
  • Canada outshot Sweden 30-24, including 21-14 through the final two periods.


Next Game:

Canada vs. Germany – Friday, April 21 (8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT)


TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast all Team Canada games at the 2023 IIHF U18 World Championship. Please check local listings for details.



“At the start of the game I thought we came out with some pretty good jump, but then we turned over some pucks and missed assignments in our defensive zone which opened up holes for [Sweden]. In the second [period], I thought we were a little bit better, but our discipline has to be better. Two five-minute majors on this international stage against power plays that are really good, so we have to clean that up and be better tomorrow.”

  • Head coach Jeff Truitt (Rosetown, Sask./Prince Albert, WHL) on the team’s performance and discipline


“The start was not up to par with what we wanted, but take that away and I thought we had a better second and third period. I think we will grow as the tournament goes on, but we can not afford a start like that and I am confident in our group. The good thing about tournament play is you do not have to wait three or four days for the next game. We are right back at it tomorrow, our guys will show up ready and we have to make an impact in any way we can to get the win.”

            - Cam Allen (Toronto, Ont./Guelph, OHL) on turning the page after a tough opening game


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