Canada reaches gold medal game of 2023 World Men’s Hockey Championship

Scott Laughton (JennG, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada is in the gold medal game of the 2023 World Men’s Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland. On Saturday, in the semifinals, Canada defeated Latvia 4-2.

Philadelphia Flyers centre Scott Laughton of Oakville, Ontario led Canada in scoring with two points as he had one goal and one assist. The other three Canadian goal scorers were St. Louis Blues left winger Samuel Blais of Montmagny, Quebec, Buffalo Sabres right winger Jack Quinn of Cobden, Ontario, and University of Michigan Wolverines centre Adam Fantilli of Nobleton, Ontario.

Fantilli is projected to be the second overall pick in the 2023 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The only player ranked higher on the list is Regina Pats center Connor Bedard of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Canada’s opponent in the gold medal game of the World Men’s Hockey Championship on Sunday will be Germany. On Saturday, in the second semi-final, Germany upset the United States 4-3 in overtime in Tampere. The Germans tied the game late before winning the game in the extra period.

Germany has won four medals in the history of the World Men’s Hockey Championship. They won silver in 1930 in Berlin, Germany, and in 1953 in Basel, Switzerland. Germany also won bronze in 1932 in Lake Placid, New York, United States, and in 1934 in Milan, Italy. In 1930, Canada beat Germany 6-1 in the gold medal game. In 1932, the results from the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid were used for the World Hockey Championship. In 1953, Germany was recognized as West Germany.

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