Despite the disappointing semi-final loss to the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Canada has turned in a solid effort at this year's tournament. They still have a shot at taking home the bronze medal, but that is small comfort for a country that is used to at least competing for the gold medal at these tournaments.
One of the more impressive performers for Canada at this U18 has been defenseman Travis Sanheim. The lanky defender is currently tied for the team scoring lead with five assists in six games, posting a +4 rating and 10 shots on goal. Sanheim was named Canada's Player of the Game in their preliminary round win over Germany, while his point total ties him for the tournament lead among defensemen.
Sanheim was half of a solid defensive pairing for the Calgary Hitmen, along with fellow 2014 prospect Ben Thomas. In his WHL rookie season, Sanheim scored five goals and added 24 assists for 29 points while posting a +25 rating.
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