Team Canada entered the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a strong contender for a gold medal, and they have done little to make anyone think otherwise after three games. Canada went a perfect 3-0 in the preliminary round at this event, finishing that round with a kick after a 9-2 pasting of Switzerland on Wednesday.
Canada opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over one of the host teams for this tournament, the Czech Republic, then followed that up with a 2-0 blanking of Sweden. With the win over Switzerland on Wednesday, the team will now face Russia in a semi-final showdown of long-time hockey rivals.
One of the strengths of this year’s Canadian squad has been their defensive unit, a group that includes highly-regarded 2016 prospect Dante Fabbro. Fabbro so far has not hit the scoresheet at this tournament, but he has nevertheless impressed with his heady play.
Fabbro competes for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, one of two players from that club to make this Canadian squad. He could go the NCAA route after the 2015-16 season but has yet to commit to a program. His junior rights are held by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.
Hockey’s Future with Fabbro after Canada’s win over Switzerland, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
Watching Canada at Ivan Hlinka tourney: Dante Fabbro is the real deal. I’ve been super impressed by him.
— Chris Dilks (@ChrisDilks) August 12, 2015
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