Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team won the gold medal at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament for the 7th straight year, defeating the Czech Republic this year 6-2 in the final.
Canada advanced to the final via a blowout 11-5 win over USA on Friday.
In Saturday’s final, Canada got first period goals from Dylan Strome, Lawson Crouse, Mitch Marner, and Travis Konecny. Canada cruised from there for the eventual 6-2 victory. The Czech Republic got goals from Radek Koblizek on the power play and Lukas Jasek scored with a laser shot that beat Canada goaltender Zach Sawchenko.
Lawson Crouse finished up his tourney adding another goal as did his line mate Nicolas Roy, who added to his points total. Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists in the win and led the team in scoring, Marner had 2 goals and 5 assists for the tournament.
Other strong performers in the tournament included USA’s Thomas Novak who we ranked as a top 30 prospect for 2015 NHL Draft back in May. Novak led the tournament in scoring with 5 goals and 6 assists in 5 games. Novak’s teammate, Brock Boeser and Canada’s Lawson Crouse led the tournament with 6 goals each.
Team USA won 5-4 in overtime on Saturday versus Sweden to win the Bronze medal.
Canada Gold Medal Roster
Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)
Zachary Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Connor Hobbs (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars)
Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s)
Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets)
Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)