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1988 - Moscow, Russia

Coming off the disappointment of the Piestany Punch-Up that saw Canada and Russia disqualified a year earlier, the Canadians rebounded in 1988 to take gold in Moscow.

Canada was once again unbeaten in the tournament, posting a 6-0-1 mark to finish a point ahead of the Soviets. Despite having home-ice advantage and a line-up that included Alexander Mogilny and Sergei Fedorov, the Russians again failed to beat Canada, dropping a 3-2 decision that was sweet revenge for the Canadian squad and all but sealed the gold medal.

Canada's only blemish in 1988 was a 4-4 tie with Finland, which earned the bronze medal.

Team Canada was loaded with big names that would go on to NHL stardom. Joe Sakic scored three goals, Theo Fleury and Rob Brown each had six, Adam Graves scored five times, and Mark Recchi counted five assists. Young Trevor Linden, on his way to a stellar NHL career, was a bit player with Team Canada in 1988, scoring once.

The defence was led by Greg Hawgood, the team's top scorer with nine points, and Chris Joseph. They helped hold opponents to a tournament low 16 goals in seven games.

It was goaltending, however, that separated Canada from the rest of the field. Jimmy Waite played all seven games and played perhaps the best hockey of his life. He was named the top goaltender in the tournament and earned an all-star berth to boot.

Waite was joined on the all-star team by Fleury and Hawgood.

The 1988 national junior team still holds a special place in the hearts of many Canadians, not just for winning with speed, style and hell-bent enthusiasm, but for avenging the embarassment of '87. There are many who still believe that if Canada had not been disqualified the year before, the 1988 team would have been celebrating Canada's first ever back-to-back championships.

Team Canada Scoring

Player GP G A Pts
Greg Hawgood 7 1 8 9
Rob Brown 7 6 2 8
Theoren Fleury 7 6 2 8
Dan Currie 7 4 3 7
Sheldon Kennedy 7 4 2 6
Adam Graves 7 5 0 5
Mark Recchi 7 0 5 5
Joe Sakic 7 3 1 4
Jody Hull 7 2 1 3
Chris Joseph 7 1 2 3
Marc Laniel 7 1 2 3
Mark Pederson 7 1 2 3
Warren Babe 7 0 2 2
Rob Dimaio 7 1 0 1
Trevor Linden 7 1 0 1
Wayne McBean 7 1 0 1
Scott McCrady 7 0 1 1
Eric Desjardins 7 0 0 0

Team Canada Goaltending

Player W-L-T GAA SO
Jimmy Waite 6-0-1 2.29 0
Jeff Hackett 0-0-0 0.00 0

Final Standings

Country GP W L T GF GA Pts
Canada 7 6 0 1 37 16 13
USSR 7 6 1 0 44 18 12
Finland 7 5 1 1 36 20 11
Czechoslovakia 7 3 3 1 36 23 7
Sweden 7 3 3 1 36 24 7
USA 7 1 6 0 28 46 2
West Germany 7 1 6 0 18 47 2
Poland 7 1 6 0 12 53 2

Top Scorers

Player G A Pts.
Mogilny, Alexander (USSR) 9 9 18
Sjoegren, Tomas (Sweden) 6 9 15
Rosander, Ola (Sweden) 9 5 14
Fedorov, Sergei (USSR) 5 7 12
Ojamen, Janne (Finland) 6 5 11

Tournament All-Star Team

Greg Hawgood (Can) Teppo Numminen (Fin)
Theoren Fleury (Can) Alexander Mogilny (USSR)
Sergei Fedorov (USSR) Jimmy Waite (Can)


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Gold Medal Game

Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Bronze Medal Game

Russia 2, Canada 1


Tournament Recap | Group Standings

Game-By-Game Results


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