Canada wins gold at the 2023 World Men’s Hockey Championship

Samuel Blais (Edward Dallas, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada won the gold medal on Sunday at the 2023 World Men’s Hockey Championship in Tampere, Finland. In the gold medal game, Canada beat Germany 5-2.

Three Canadians led the team in scoring with two points each. They were St. Louis Blues left winger Samuel Blais of Montmagny, Quebec, Arizona Coyotes left winger Lawson Crouse of Mount Bridges, Ontario, and Buffalo Sabres centre Peyton Krebs of Calgary, Alberta. Blais had two goals, Crouse had one goal and one assist, while Krebs had two assists. The other two Canadian goal scorers were Calgary Flames right winger Tyler Toffoli of Scarborough. Ontario, and Philadelphia Flyers centre Scott Laughton of Oakville, Ontario.

This was Canada’s 28th title in the history of the World Men’s Hockey Championships, and Canada’s fourth gold medal in the last eight years. They previously won in 1920, 1924, 1928, three straight years from 1930 to 1932, 1934, 1935, three straight years from 1937 to 1939, three straight years from 1950 to 1952, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2021.

It was also the second time Canada beat Germany in the gold medal game. Canada beat Germany 6-1 at the 1930 World Men’s Hockey Championship in Berlin, Germany.

Also on Sunday, Latvia won the bronze medal as they defeated the United States 4-3 in overtime. For Latvia, it was their first ever medal in the history of the World Men’s Hockey Championship.

Canada’s leading scorer was Calgary Flames defenseman MacKenzie Weegar of Ottawa, Ontario. He had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 10 games. Weegar was also named the tournament’s top defenseman.

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