TSC Top 10 Biggest Canadian Moments in the WJHC

Jonathan Toews

To show we, at TSC, have no life, here are our choices for the top Canadian moments at the World Juniors:

 1987: Canada and Russia were involved in a bench-clearing brawl at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championships in what became known as the “Punch-up in Piestany”.  With game officials not knowing how to diffuse the mess on the ice, the arena lights were shut off in an attempt to regain control.  That failed, and when the final punch had been landed, both teams were disqualified from the competition.

1993: Canada takes home the gold medal in Gavle, Sweden after finishing 6th the following year.  Canada, led by Martin Lapointe, beat Russia 9-2 and then defeated a Swedish team comprised of Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund by a score of 3-2 to clinch the gold.

1995: Canada wins its third consecutive gold medal in Red Deer, Alberta, finishing the tournament 7-0-0.  Due to the NHL lockout that year, Canada featured a lot of destructive talent and scored 49 goals in seven games.

2006: After sending Kyle Chipchura in all alone to score an empty-net game-winning goal against the U.S. in 2006, Steve Downie is elbowed by Jack Johnson in the head.  Downie remained in the tournament and Johnson became public enemy No. 1 in Canada that year, as well as the next.

2003: In one of the most exciting games in World Junior Hockey history, Jeff Woywitka scores to give Canada a one-goal lead against the Americans.  The goal erupted the crowds in Halifax, which could be heard in Vancouver, while TSN’s Gord Miller gave one of the most neck hair-raising calls on the goal of all time.

1999: Roberto Luongo stole the show in Winnipeg for Team Canada in a 3-2 loss to the Russians in overtime of the gold medal game.  Luongo faced 40 shots and was the only reason that game remained close.  Simon Gagne had a breakthrough tournament as well, scoring seven goals and tallying eight points in seven games.

2004: Rostislav Olezs is the recipient of a massive Dion Phaneuf hit that kept the Czech forward down for several minutes at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland.  The term “That’s a Dion!” was coined the day by TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire.

Dion Phaneuf

2005: The following year, Pierre McGuire came up with a new term to show his enthusiasm for Dion Phaneuf.  “Bam! Bam! That’s a double-Dion!” was used to describe two hits that Phanuef threw within the span of less than two seconds.  The turnover led to a Team Canada goal and more importantly, its first gold medal in the WJHC since 1997. 

2006: Again with Brent Sutter behind the bench in Vancouver, Team Canada goes undefeated at the 2006 WJHC and captures back-to-back gold medals.  Steve Downie emerged as one of Canada’s best players, scoring the winning goal of the gold medal game against Russia, while Justin Pogge captured his third shutout of the tournament.

2007: Canada and the U.S.A. lock horns in another epic battle between the two powerhouse teams in the semi final in Leksland, Sweden.  Tied through 60 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime at 1-1, Canada and the U.S.A. went seven rounds in the shootout before Carey Price stopped Peter Mueller to give Canada the win and a shot at a third straight gold medal.  Jonathan Toews scored three times in the shootout, including the game winner.  Canada went on to defeat the Russians in the gold medal game by a score of 4-2. 


One Response

  1. Oh man, the 1987 lights-out game. I remember watching that one when I was a lot younger. That was one seriously hilarious game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydbATVriqA)

    Love the announcer “I’ve never seen anything like this – even in the NHL!”.

    My father swore the Russians started it to disqualify the Canadian team and make sure a Soviet block country would win the gold.

    ..if memory serves, however, I believe Finland won gold that year.

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