When it comes to competing for gold at the U18 World Junior Championship, perhaps Canada should lobby to have the tournament in Russia every year. Russian ice has been kind to the Canadians at this tournament as Canada has won gold the two most recent times the U18 has been held in Russia.
Canada's last gold medal at the U18 was won back in 2008 in Kazan, Russia where they defeated the host team in the championship game. And, back in 2003, Team Canada defeated Slovakia to take the gold in Yaroslavl, Russia. Canada will be attempting to complete their Russian “hat trick” when they take on the USA for gold on Sunday.
The Canadian defense features four players that could have their name called in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, so it is no surprise that this group has been so effective at this tournament.
One of the leaders of Canada's U18 defensive unit has been Madison Bowey, a 6'1”, 201-pound defender who plays for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Bowey is an alternate captain for this Canadian squad, and his leadership skills have shone through at this tournament.
Bowey has averaged a little over 21 minutes of ice time per game, scoring one goal and adding two assists for three points in six games played so far. The Winnipeg, MB native has been effective at both ends of the ice in this tournament, which will no doubt help his standing for the coming NHL Draft.
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