So far, so good for Team Canada in their quest to win an eighth straight gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians made a 3-0 run through the opening round of the 2015 edition of this event, and will now face Russia on Friday for the right to compete for gold on Saturday.
It has been a true team effort for the Canadians at this tournament as all but two players on the roster have contributed at least one point through the three games played. The first two games of the preliminary round were fairly tight, but the 9-2 win over Switzerland on Wednesday put an exclamation point on Canada’s quest for gold.
Providing leadership for Canada at this tournament is team captain Brett Howden. Howden, brother of Florida Panthers prospect Quinton Howden, has played a two-way role while posting an assist through the three games. Howden played his first full season in the WHL in 2014-15, posting 22 goals and 46 points in 68 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors, the same team that brother Quinton played for during his WHL days.
Howden spoke with Hockey’s Future following Canada’s win over Switzerland, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
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