Dream Come True
Team Canada Rewind returns on Wednesday immediately following TSN's countdown of the 40 greatest players in Canadian World Junior history. Join TSN's Live Blog while watching a replay of the 1995 World Junior Hockey Championship classic between Canada and Russia on Wednesday Night.
The TSN Quizmaster will be tweeting some great historical facts and fun anecdotes into the blog, and renowned blogger @DownGoesBrown will add his insight as well. And don't forget to check out all the related video!
While the NHL was in the midst of its first ever lockout, the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship carried on its annual tradition of showcasing the world's greatest players under 20 in Red Deer, Alberta.
The lockout would make 1994 first-overall draft pick Alexandre Daigle available to the Canadian junior team and he would join a talented cast of forwards that would light up the tournament.
Jason Allison, Eric Daze and Marty Murray would all hit double-digits in points over the course of the seven game tournament, as would defenceman Bryan McCabe. The team would also boast future NHL standouts like Ryan Smyth, Jeff O'Neill, Jeff Friesen, Ed Jovanovski and Darcy Tucker.
Canada would enter their penultimate game of the tournament against Russia with destiny in their own hands. They had posted a 5-0-0 record, scoring no less than six goals in any of their games to that point.
Russia, however, was trying to make up for an early-tournament slip-up, having fallen 4-3 to the United States in their second game of the tournament.
The teams would trade goals throughout the first two periods and looked to go into the second intermission, but Canada would step on the accelerator late in the second and continue its roll into the third.
Quick strikes by Daze and Jamie Rivers in the second and then Todd Harvey, O'Neill and Murray early in the third would give Canada the game for good and send them well on their way to their third consecutive gold medal at the tournament.
The gold would stand as the middle victory in Canada's impressive mid-90s run of five straight.
The action begins at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt with Canada's 40 Greatest Juniors. Follow along in the live blog below, or on Twitter using the hashtags #TSN and #rewind