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Canada Defeated Russia To Win Gold In the U-18 WC And Connor Bedard Puts On A Show

from the CP at TSN,

Canada is golden at the under-18 men's hockey championship after another strong performance from two of the youngest players at the tournament.

Led by 17-year-old captain Shane Wright and 15-year-old Connor Bedard, the Canadians beat Russia 5-3 on Thursday in the championship game, going undefeated along the way.

Wright had two goals and an assist while Bedard added a goal and a helper.

Brennan Othmann scored a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal for Canada, which got another from Logan Stankoven.

Benjamin Gaudreau made 31 saves and was named top goaltender at the 10-nation event.

Wright and Bedard — two of only seven players in Canadian Hockey League history to be granted exceptional player status to join major junior a year early — finished 2-3 in tournament scoring behind Russia's Matvei Michkov.


Below, watch the goals from Connor Bedard during the tournament, note the video may be taken down due to IIHF restrictions.

Bedard is 15 years old, eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft and is 5' 9", 185 lbs.

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from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

The IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championship has come and gone and given the struggles just to get to that point, everything about it can be seen as a success.

It was the first outing for this event since 2019, and for many of the players, it was the first time they hit the ice in any meaningful way, period. Can you imagine the only time you show scouts what you’re capable of this season is through an international tournament where the stakes are high every time you hit the ice?

That’s a ton of pressure, and in the end, Canada managed it the best to win gold.

The tournament was highlighted by a couple prospects from future draft classes. Shane Wright, Brad Lambert and Ivan Miroshnichenko were the big names from the 2022 class and we got to finally see the first big matchup between 2023 powerhouses Connor Bedard and Matvei Michkov in the final. That game in particular lived up to all the hype, but the real focus for scouts at the tournament was the 2021 class.

The players in that draft are probably sick of hearing how 2022 and 2023 are considered better prospect crops. That gave many something to prove in Texas, especially those who didn’t show their full capabilities in the 13 months prior to the start of the event.

Let’s take a look at 15 standouts from the 2021 draft class from the U-18 World Championship:


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/21 at 12:03 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Hopefully the Wings can keep managing to dive until 2023 smile

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/07/21 at 12:28 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I caught some of the game last night and it was crazy. Super fast, up and down the ice, some great goals. Was fun to watch an international tournament again.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/07/21 at 01:40 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

Don’t get your hopes up, if you think we have a shot at Bedard you are probably stoned.  Maybe Yzerman can trade off a mitt full of draft choices for the first pick in 2023

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/07/21 at 08:56 PM ET

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