By Ian Esplen
December 16, 2013 (ISN) – This year marks the sixth time Sweden will host the World Junior Championship. In two of the past three events, the Swedes have made Canada feel right at home and sent them home with a gold medal.
The 1993 tournament was still played under the old round-robin format where each team played each other and the medals were awarded based on team records. Canada cruised through the event going 6-1-0, outscoring their opposition by 20 goals. Their only blemish: a meaningless game on the last day of the tournament against the Czechs.
The 2007 tournament would provide a little more drama. After winning by shootout over the Americans, Canada beat Russia 4-2 to claim it’s 13th gold medal. Overall, Canada would go a prefect 6-0.
Highlights from 1993:
– Canada’s 9-1 thrashing of the Russians
– Manny Legace, Brent Tully and Paul Kariya named to the all-star team
– Peter Forsberg setting the tournament record with 31 points
– Martin Lapointe leading Canada with 9 points
Highlights from 2007:
– Jonathan Toews scoring three in the shootout against the Americans
– Jonathan Toews, Kris LeTang and Carey Price make tournament all-star team
– American defencman Erik Johnson ties for the tournament lead in scoring
– Canada only gives up seven goals in six games