Team Canada put forth a true team effort in winning their eighth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians employed a mix of distributed offense, solid defense, and some timely saves in goal over the course of the 2015 tournament, culminating in a mostly dominating 7-3 win over Sweden in the championship game.
The defensive unit for the Canadians, and in fact over half the team, hailed from the Western provinces. One of those defenders, Jake Bean of the Calgary Hitmen, provided a dose of puck-moving ability from the back end for Canada while working within the team concept. Known as more of an offensive defenseman, Bean picked up an assist in this tournament.
Bean had a good rookie season in 2015-15 after being passed over in the WHL Bantam Draft. In 51 games for the Hitmen, Bean scored five goals and 39 points, then added six points in seven playoff games.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Bean after Canada defeated Sweden for gold, with that conversation being captured in this HF video.
— CSSHL (@CSSHL) August 14, 2015
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