Maxime Comtois makes Canadian hockey history

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Maxime Comtois of Longueuil, Quebec made Canadian hockey history on Wednesday. Comtois became the fifth Canadian player to score a national record four goals in a single game at the World Junior Hockey Championship. The Canadian captain achieved the feat in a 14-0 Canada win over Denmark in their opening game of the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. The other four Canadian players to score four goals in one World Junior Hockey Championship game were Mario Lemieux of Montreal, Quebec (1983), Simon Gagne of Quebec City, Quebec (1999), Brayden Schenn of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2011) and Taylor Raddysh of Caledon, Ontario (2017).

However even though Comtois scored four goals, he did not lead Canada in scoring during the contest or was the Team Canada player of the game. Those feats belonged to Morgan Frost of Aurora, Ontario, who had five points (three goals and two assists).

Eight other Canadian players had a multi-point game. They were Brett Leason of Calgary, Alberta (two goals and two assists), Cody Glass of Winnipeg, Manitoba (four assists), Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario (three assists), Owen Tippett of Peterborough, Ontario (two goals), Jack Studnicka of Tecumseh, Ontario (one goal and one assist), Barrett Hayton of Peterborough, Ontario (two assists), Ian Mitchell of Calahoo, Alberta (two assists) and Markus Phillips of Markham, Ontario (two assists).

In other action, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland 2-1 in overtime, the United States beat Slovakia 2-1 and Sweden beat Finland 2-1. Canada next plays Switzerland on Thursday.

 

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