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Ready to take on the world … again

Canada’s roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship has no shortage of National Junior Team alumni

David Brien & Wendy Graves
May 4, 2016

As Canada looks to defend its gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, it will do so with a roster well-versed in representing the country on the international stage. More than half of the players once – or, in some cases, twice – competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Collectively they made 18 appearances and won 12 medals (six gold, one silver, five bronze).

Here’s a look at how each alumnus fared at the World Juniors:

2015 WJC – 7GP 5G 5A 10P (gold medal/Top Forward/All-Star Team)

‘Domi’ was already a household name to most Canadian hockey fans, but the 2015 World Juniors allowed Max to show the world that unlike his father Tie, his future was about putting up points, not penalty minutes. The tournament’s Top Forward, Domi led Canada to its first gold medal in six years and showed up when it mattered most; he had a goal and two assists in the gold medal game to lead Canada past Russia.

2014 WJC – 7GP 0G 1A 1P

The last defenceman cut from Team Canada ahead of the 2012 and 2013 World Juniors, Dumba finally made the team in 2014 when he was loaned to the team by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. A bronze medal game loss wasn’t what he had in mind, but Dumba still found ways to make a name for himself, taking a leading role on the blue-line thanks to his physical play and booming shot from the point.

2012 WJC – 6GP 3G 3A 6P (bronze medal)

Standing 5-foot-8, the diminutive forward was the smallest player on Canada’s roster in 2012 but made his presence felt in a big way. Gallagher showed the world he could not only play a feisty game, but could also chip in offensively; his point-per-game pace was highlighted by a goal and two assists in the third period of a wild semifinal loss, along with 35 shots on goal in the tournament, the most on Team Canada.

2010 WJC – 6GP 6G 6A 12P (silver medal)

Six games, six goals and six assists. The only NHL draft-eligible player on Canada’s roster, Hall made the most of his opportunity on the world’s biggest junior hockey stage in 2010 by finishing just one point shy of future NHL teammate Jordan Eberle for the team lead in scoring and using his strong play to earn a silver medal just months before going first overall to the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

2012 WJC – 5GP 0G 2A 2P (bronze medal)
2013 WJC – 3GP 0G 0A 0P

The World Juniors weren’t overly kind to the Columbus Blue Jackets forward. He picked up a pair of shorthanded assists in a 10-2 win over Denmark in 2012, but also racked up 29 penalty minutes that year, tied for fourth most in Canadian history. He came back the next year and earned a suspension in a pre-tournament game, forcing him to watch the first three games of the tournament in Ufa, Russia.

2007 WJC – 6GP 2G 0A 2P (gold medal)
2008 WJC – 7GP 4G 2A 6P (gold medal)

In 2007, Marchand scored insurance goals against Sweden and, in the gold medal game, Russia. The following year, as an alternate captain, his wrist shot midway through the third period in the quarter-final against Finland proved to be the game-winning goal. He added a goal and two assists in a semifinal win over the U.S., and picked up a goal and a helper in a gold medal game victory over Sweden.

2014 WJC – 7GP 1G 3A 4P
2015 WJC – 7GP 3G 8A 11P (gold medal/All-Star Team)

McDavid was only 16 – and the fifth youngest player to ever make Canada’s National Junior Team – in 2014. His lone goal came in a 3-2 New Year’s Eve win over the U.S. As an alternate captain a year later, he was one of four Canadians (including IIHF World Championship teammates Domi and Reinhart) to be named to the Media All-Star Team, and finished tied with Reinhart and Nic Petan for the tournament scoring lead.

2012 WJC – 6GP 0G 3A 3P (bronze medal)

The youngest player on the Canadian roster and only one of two yet to be drafted by an NHL team, Murray left an impression on many thanks to his tremendous hockey sense and all-around game in Calgary and Edmonton. Murray went on to join Canada for the 2012 IIHF World Championship just a few months later, the second-youngest Canadian (older than only Paul Kariya in 1993) to play in the tournament.

2005 WJC – 6GP 2G 5A 7P (gold medal)

Before winning a pair of Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014), the Hart Memorial Trophy (2011), the Stanley Cup (2007) and the Memorial Cup (2005), Perry joined Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron on Canada’s top line at the 2005 World Juniors. He set up Crosby three times, Bergeron twice and added a pair of goals of his own, both scored in an 8-1 win over Finland to wrap up the preliminary round.

2014 WJC – 7GP 2G 3A 5P
2015 WJC – 7GP 5G 6A 11P (gold medal/All-Star Team)

After a pair of two-point games in 2014, Reinhart returned in 2015, this time as an alternate captain, and helped lead Canada to a gold medal on home ice. He had three multi-point games and was co-led the tournament in scoring (with McDavid and Nic Petan), in addition to being selected to the Media All-Star Team. His deflection of a Domi shot proved to be the gold-medal-winning goal against Russia.

2013 WJC – 6GP 1G 2A 3P

Rielly entered the 2013 World Juniors as a familiar face, having played for Canada at the U17 and U18 (summer and worlds) levels. The youngest player manning the Canadian blue-line, the West Vancouver, B.C., native earned points in half of Canada’s games, scored in a win over Slovakia and finished tied with Ryan Murphy and Xavier Ouellet as the top-scoring defenceman for the red and white.

2012 WJC – 7GP 7G 3A 10P (bronze medal)

A hat trick versus Finland on Boxing Day proved a harbinger of things to come as Stone led the team in scoring. In the next game, against the Czech Republic, he became only the sixth member of Canada’s National Junior Team to be awarded a penalty shot (he was denied by Petr Mrazek). He had a second three-point game – against Denmark – and a goal and an assist in the New Year’s Eve tilt with the U.S.

2012 WJC – 6GP 3G 3A 6P (bronze medal)
2013 WJC – 6GP 5G 3A 8P

The forward potted a pair against the Czech Republic and added a goal and an assist in the bronze medal game against Finland in 2012. A year later he led the team in goals, including a pair in an opening win over Germany, adding a goal and an assist in a win over Slovakia (when he was named Player of the Game) and getting the game-winner versus Russia to give Canada a bye to the semifinals.

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