Team Canada ran the table on the way to gold at last year’s World Juniors, but their path to a U20 title will be a little trickier at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Canadians competed in the tough Group A that also included Sweden and the USA, with Canada losing to both of those hockey powers in the preliminary round in Helsinki, Finland.
Their 5-2 loss on New Year’s Eve to Sweden gives Canada a date with host Finland in the WJC quaterfinals. Finland has been proven to be an offensive powerhouse through preliminary round play, posting 23 goals in four games, 10 more than was scored by the Canadians. Combine that with what is sure to be a loud home crowd for the Finns and it is clear that Canada has a major challenge in front of them.
Canadian defenseman Roland McKeown (CAR), who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, has filled mostly filled the role of an extra defender at this tournament. He spoke with the media after Canada’s loss to Sweden, with his comments being captured in this Hockey’s Future video.
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