Team Canada made a 3-0 run through the opening round of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament to secure today’s semifinal showdown with Russia. The Canadians have put forth a mostly balanced attack in this year’s tournament, with no one player being the go-to person when a game is on the line.
Nevertheless, Canada does have a scoring leader, that being 2017-eligible forward Nolan Patrick. Through Canada’s first three games, Patrick scored two goals and added two assists for four points, a figure that includes a 3-point effort against Switzerland in Wednesday’s 9-2 Canada victory.
Already standing 6’3″ and weighing 191 pounds, Patrick is coming off of a rookie season in which he earned the WHL Rookie of the Year honor while playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 55 games for that team, Patrick scored 30 goals and 56 points, then followed that up with 15 more points in 19 playoff games. Patrick, whose NHL bloodlines include father Steve and uncle James, will be a part of a Wheat Kings team that should be a contender for the WHL title in 2015-16.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Patrick after the win over Switzerland on Wednesday, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
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