(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Michael McLeod, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt
Jordan Kyrou and Michael McLeod - Team Canada - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Canada forwards Jordan Kyrou (L) and Michael McLeod pose with the trophy after Canada won the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup by a 7-3 score over Sweden (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)



A big opening period for Team Canada was all they needed to secure their eighth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians pumped four goals past Sweden’s starting goaltender, Filip Gustavsson, in the opening frame, then opened that lead up to 6-1 after two periods before winning the 2015 championship game by a 7-3 score.

Forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was the scoring hero for Canada with three points (2G, 1A), but forward Michael McLeod was one of three players that chipped in two points in a winning cause. McLeod scored the third goal of the game, then assisted on a goal by Tanner Kaspick that made the score 5-1. McLeod finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in five games.

After developing in the Toronto Marlboros’ organization in the GTMMHL, McLeod competed in his OHL rookie season with the Mississauga Steelheads in 2014-15. In 63 games for that club, McLeod scored 12 goals and added 17 assists for 29 points. He is considered to be a potential high-end prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Hockey’s Future spoke with McLeod following Canada’s win over Sweden, with his comments being included in this HF video.

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