By Sam Laskaris
December 25, 2013 (ISN) – By Canadian standards it took awhile for the country to register its first gold medal in the WJC. The International Ice Hockey Federation’s first official WJC was staged in 1977.
Though Canada won a silver medal at the inaugural event and a bronze in ’78, it wasn’t until its sixth appearance at the tournament, which was primarily held in Minnesota, that it finally struck gold in 1982.
En route to their historical golden moment, the Canadians were buoyed by the fact that they scored 11 goals in a game – on two separate occasions.
Back then the tournament was an eight-nation, round-robin affair. The medals were simply decided by how the clubs fared in their seven tournament matches.
Besides a 7-0 blowout win over the Soviet Union in its third match, Canada had three other relatively close contests early on in the tourney.
They beat Finland 5-1, edged Sweden 3-2 and eked out a 5-4 victory over the United States.
Canada then registered a convincing 11-3 win over West Germany. The Canadians managed to score the same amount of goals in their next outing, thumping Switzerland 11-1.
With a 3-3 draw against the Czech Republic in their final match, the Canadians finished atop the standings and were awarded their gold medal.